Describe the purpose of eDiscovery


Sometimes a company may become involved in litigation and need to find electronic information to be used as evidence.

Electronic discovery or eDiscovery tools, can be used to search for content in Exchange Online mailboxes, Microsoft 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites, Skype for Business conversations, and Yammer teams. You can search across mailboxes and sites in a single eDiscovery search by using the Content Search tool. And you can use Core eDiscovery cases to identify, hold, and export content found in mailboxes and sites.

If your organization has an Office 365 E5 or Microsoft 365 E5 subscription (or related E5 add-on subscriptions), you can further manage custodians and analyze content by using the Advanced eDiscovery solution in Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 provides the following eDiscovery tools:

  • Content Search
  • Core eDiscovery
  • Advanced eDiscovery

Each of these tools is described in the following units.