About the free trial for Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager premium assessments


Microsoft 365 compliance is now called Microsoft Purview and the solutions within the compliance area have been rebranded. For more information about Microsoft Purview, see the blog announcement and the What is Microsoft Purview? article.

Compliance Manager helps you manage your organization’s compliance requirements and assess and improve your compliance score. The assessments you build are based on templates that correspond to governmental regulations and industry standards around the world.

Your licensing agreement to use Compliance Manager may include one or more built-in templates for building assessments. An extensive library of premium assessment templates is also available for building assessments specific to your organization’s needs. To try out these templates before purchasing licenses, sign up for the free Compliance Manager premium assessments trial.

Terms and conditions

See the terms and conditions for Microsoft 365 trials.

Set up a premium assessment trial

You can sign up for a trial in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal using the Trials link in the left navigation pane. Select the Compliance Manager premium assessment trial to start a trial for premium assessment templates.

This premium assessment trial is available to organizations using Compliance Manager under a commercial license. For GCC and DOD information and trial options, see Working with Compliance Manager templates.

Full access to Compliance Manager features may depend on your licensing agreement for Compliance Manager. To learn more about the free compliance trial that includes Compliance Manager, see About the free trial for Microsoft Purview.


Check your Microsoft 365 admin center settings to facilitate enrollment in the trial. In the Microsoft 365 admin center, go to the Settings > Org settings > Services page, and select User owned apps and services. Then check the box to let users start trials on behalf of your organization. When setup finishes in about two minutes, you can go back and uncheck the box to disable this setting. You can also start the trial without adjusting your org settings by going to the Billing > Purchase services page and searching for the Compliance Manager premium assessment trial.

Template licensing

Starting your one-time trial for premium assessments gives you the right to use 25 premium templates of your choice for free for 90 days. You can create as many assessments from the 25 templates as you wish.

After you start your trial, go to your Assessments tab in Compliance Manager and view the Activated/Licensed templates counter to see how many templates are available and are in use. This counter will show your 25 licensed templates. As you create assessments using these templates, your activated number will update. Template use is counted based on the underlying certification, meaning that multiple assessments based on the same template, or different versions of the same template that support different products, will count as one template use.

For more information about how to use and manage Compliance Manager templates, see Working with assessment templates.


Any user in your organization with permissions to access Compliance Manager can sign up for the premium assessments trial. Learn more about the permissions and roles required for Compliance Manager.

During your trial

Throughout your trial, you can review the Trial summary section of the Overview page in Compliance Manager to see how many assessments you’ve created, how many improvement actions you’ve taken, how that has contributed to your compliance score, and how much time remains in your trial. From here, you can also review the list of available templates and learn more about purchasing them for ongoing use.

After the trial

After your trial ends, the templates you used won't receive automatic updates and may fall out of date with any regulatory changes. We recommend that you delete assessments built from templates that you don’t intend to purchase.

Learn more about compliance

To learn more about the features of Compliance Manager and how it can help your organization meet compliance and regulatory requirements, see Microsoft Purview Compliance Manager.

You can also learn about other Microsoft compliance solutions and how to start trials at About the free trial for Microsoft Purview.