Use Premium Assessments in Microsoft Compliance Manager to Meet Your Regulatory Compliance Needs

Published Jul 01 2021 08:00 AM 3,923 Views

The pandemic has permanently changed how organizations of all sizes work. A substantial increase in hybrid and remote work has presented new compliance challenges, and organizations have responded by growing their compliance functions. A recent study shows that there were 257 average daily regulatory alerts across 190 countries in 2020 and keeping up with regulatory changes continues to be the top compliance challenge[1].


To help organizations simplify compliance and reduce risk, we built Microsoft Compliance Manager, generally available since September 2020. Compliance Manager translates complex regulatory requirements into specific recommended actions and makes them available through premium assessment templates, covering over 300 regulations and standards. By leveraging the universal mapping of actions and controls, premium assessment templates allow customers to comply with several requirements across multiple regulations or standards with one action, providing an efficient solution to manage overlapping compliance requirements. Premium assessment templates along with built-in workflows and continuous compliance updates allow organizations to constantly assess, monitor, and improve their compliance posture.


To meet customers where they are in their compliance journey, we are excited to announce that Compliance Manager premium assessment templates will no longer require a Microsoft 365 E5 or Office 365 E5 license as a prerequisite. This update enables all enterprise customers to assess compliance with the regulations most relevant to them and meet their unique compliance needs. Starting July 1st, 2021, all Enterprise customers, both commercial and government, can purchase premium assessment templates as long as they have any Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription. Customers who have already purchased a premium assessment template or are using the default templates included with their subscription will not experience any disruption or change. Customers with Microsoft 365 E3 or Office 365 E1/E3 subscriptions will now be able to see the list of 300+ premium assessment templates in their tenants. The capability to create a new template, customize an existing template, or add customized actions to a given template will continue to require a Microsoft 365 E5 or Office 365 E5 subscription.


We look forward to hearing your feedback.


Get Started

Navigate to the Microsoft 365 compliance center or sign up for a Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance trial to get started with Compliance Manager premium assessments today! Compliance Manager premium assessment SKUs can be purchased in Microsoft admin center.


Learn more:

  1. Compliance Manager licensing details here.
  2. List of premium assessment templates here.
  3. Learn more about Compliance Manager here.


Shilpa Bothra, 

Product Marketing Manager

On behalf of the Compliance Manager team.



[1] Cost of Compliance, 2021, Thompson Reuters

Occasional Visitor

This is excellent!

Great for @microsoft and it's Enterprise clients. Would the organization consider offering free trial versions to professionals from various stacks to explore the Microsoft Compliance Manager?



Hi @Yolanda_Baker thank you for your feedback. We currently offer the free Microsoft 365 E5 Trial which provides access to 3 premium assessment templates. Additionally, all enterprise licenses include Data protection baseline assessment, which is a good place to start if you want to explore Microsoft Compliance Manager.  

Occasional Visitor
Hi there.
Is the M365 E5 requirement for the Premium template removed only for Enterprise Agreements customers and not CSP?

Hi @KuberanP it is removed for CSP as well. Please let me know if you are facing any issues. 

Regular Visitor

When buying the Premium Assessment add-on, which lists for $2,500 per "license" per the license per template? or per user accessing the Premium Templates?


@deetothab the license is per template, per tenant, per year.  

Regular Visitor

Thank you for the quick reply. Is the Premium Assessment add-on available on CSP price list and if so do you have the SKU and description?

Frequent Visitor

@Shilpa_Bothra - Technet article still suggests that these templates needs to be purchased. Based on your article, it is now free for all enterprise licensed users and only need E5 SKU for customization purpose. Is my understanding correct ?  will these technet article be updated. Also can you please provide an update on the query which @deetothab listed on Aug 25. How can CSPs provision these premium assessment add-on 


@nikhil07 Thanks for your note. The premium templates still need to be purchased. With this update you no longer need an E5 subscription to purchase the premium templates. Hope that helps! 


@deetothab I am following up on your question about the SKU and will get back to you. 

Frequent Visitor

@Shilpa_Bothra - thanks for your prompt revert. So Microsoft has removed the qualifying license condition. That helps. It would be great if you can share SKU details through CSP. A customer of our wants to implement PCI template. Also my understanding is this would be per tenant and not per user. Is that correct ?

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