Microsoft Teams coming to government customers on July 17th


Microsoft today announced that it will begin the roll out of Microsoft Teams chat-based workspace to its government customers starting July 17th. Teams in GCC Government Cloud Community) has been built to meet the enhanced security and compliance requirements of our GCC customers allowing them to transform communication and collaboration.

Microsoft Teams now meets several US government security standards such as FedRAMP Moderate, CJIS, IRS 1075, and HIPAA, in addition?to?supporting SOC 1, SOC 2, EU Model Clauses, and ISO27001. Microsoft now also supports audit log search, eDiscovery, retention policies and legal hold for channels, chats and files as well as mobile application management with Microsoft Intune.

Microsoft Teams will be available in Office 365 for US Government G1, G3, G5, F1 and Microsoft 365 for US Government G3, G5, F1 plans. Microsoft Teams for government will differ from the regular enterprise version of Teams in certain ways. Some of the differences are listed below.

CapabilityReason
Call and Meeting RecordingRecording is dependent on Microsoft Stream, which will be coming to Government plans in the future.
AppsApps (Bots, Tabs, Connectors) will not be available initially, but we are working on making these available once all their components can meet the FedRAMP Moderate compliance bar.
Email a ChannelCurrent architecture not supported in the government plans.
Unified PresenceWe are finishing work for our enterprise customers first for this important feature. This will arrive to government customers in the future.
Email NotificationsCurrent architecture not supported in the government plans. Work is ongoing to bring this feature to government customers in the future.
GiphyDisabled by default, but can be enabled by an admin. Please note that Giphy does send gif search terms outside of the compliance boundary.

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