Microsoft updates Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery to make legal investigation easier

Kareem Anderson

Microsoft continues to boost its Office 365 app suite proposition, this time adding eDiscovery analysis workflow with one-click export support to Excel as well as two other new features.

Now employees or individuals looking to run through a large data set of legal paperwork, administrative data requests or piles of investigative reports can do so with easy, thanks to the new Office 365 Advance eDiscovery features such as Express Analysis and Export with analytics to Excel.

Express Analysis

With a click of a button you can now run Advanced eDiscovery analytics, specifically near-duplicates, email threads and themes and export the results. Express Analysis accelerates the analytics workflow allowing you to quickly minimize and organize your dataset and export to your desired location. There is no additional configuration or multiple steps required—significantly simplifying the process.

Export with analytics and view in Excel

The new export with analytics feature in Advanced eDiscovery allows you to view your analyzed results directly in Excel. Excel’s familiar interface makes manipulating the results easy for anyone to accomplish.

The exported file includes all the metadata associated with the documents—such as Sender, Recipient, Date and other email/file-related information—as well as all the Advanced eDiscovery analytics information, including email threading, near-duplicates and the key themes in the document.

eDiscovery in Office 365
eDiscovery in Office 365

Express Analysis and Export with analytics and view in Excel are two of the brightest highlights in today Office 365 announcement, but there are a few other items customers might be interested to read about.

The Office 365 team also notes that related to the eDiscovery feature update are some smaller additions that will help with analytic discovery such as “For review” column. The For review column “flags if an email or document needs to be looked at by the reviewer or if it is redundant information and can be defensibly skipped.”

The Office team has plans for future enhancements to boost the overall functionality of eDiscovery within the productivity suite and encourages interested parties to visit the Office Blog for more details.