M365 Changelog: (Updated) Outlook – Mandatory labeling pre-compose for iOS

MC552788 – Updated June 13, 2023: Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Microsoft has listened customer feedback on Outlook mobile needing to meet the mission of “On the Go” and for organizations to have mandatory labeling enabled without default labeling and would like to have the label selection first before going to compose the email. When the users click “Send”, the email could just be sent without any forgotten labeling pop ups. Outlook mobile will introduce a new MDM setting to allow admins to enable this louder mandatory configuration for Outlook mobile clients (iOS and Android) specifically. Microsoft will enable Android first in early Q1 of 2023, and iOS will release in Q2 of 2023.

This release will include supporting the new sensitivity bar below the subject line as well as support label colors.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 109544

When this will happen:

Outlook iOS Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out early May and expect to complete by late June (previously early June).

How this will affect your organization:

1. If your organization has a prompter mandatory label experience pre-compose, make sure you enable mandatory label for specific users, and then set Intune MDM setting “com.microsoft.outlook.Mail.LouderMandatoryLabelEnabled” to be “true”, then the applied users will see the select label page first before drafting the email when the user start new email.

2. If your organization has set Label policy -AdvancedSettings @{HideBarByDefault=”False”}, on Outlook mobile you will see the label selection now is below the subject line. If you do not set that value or set it to be True, Sensitivity label will still bel under compose.

3. Outlook Android will also support label colors if admin configured so. 

What you need to do to prepare:

If you do not want the prompt mandatory UX or the new sensitivity bar, you do not need configure any setting for it. The default new UX will be off.