Extended email retention for deleted items in Office 365

If Hilary Clinton turns to Office365 instead of her own personal email server she might have a better chance of recalling what was in deleted email, with new flexibility announced for the Microsoft cloud platform that extends beyond the 30 day permanent window.

Until now deleted items were moved into the Deleted Items folder, then they would disappear after being in that folder for 30 days.

An update to Office365 rolled out recently means the length of time items remain in the Deleted Items folder is extended to indefinitely or according to the duration set by the administrator.

According to a post on the Microsoft Office365 blog, “If you are an Office 365 administrator, this means we’ll be updating the Default MRM Policy for everyone using Exchange Online over the next month. As an administrator, you also have control over this behavior.

“If you want to keep the 30-day policy or set a custom retention period, that can be done as well and you don’t even need to wait for the change. Also, if you have already created a custom MRM policy, (as long as it has a name other than “Default MRM Policy”), you don’t need to do anything and the change will not impact you.”

The change will apply for the Deleted Items folder in both the primary and archive mailbox, but will not an affect Ligation Hold or In-Place Hold.

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