Azure Information Protection deployment roadmap

Applies to: Azure Information Protection, Office 365

Relevant for: AIP unified labeling client and classic client


To provide a unified and streamlined customer experience, the Azure Information Protection classic client and Label Management in the Azure Portal are deprecated as of March 31, 2021. While the classic client continues to work as configured, no further support is provided, and maintenance versions will no longer be released for the classic client.

We recommend that you migrate to unified labeling and upgrade to the unified labeling client. Learn more in our recent deprecation blog.

Use the steps in the following roadmap pages as recommendations to help you prepare for, implement, and manage Azure Information Protection for your organization.

Identify your deployment roadmap

Before deploying AIP, review the AIP system requirements.

Then, choose one of the following roadmaps, depending on your organization's needs and subscription:

  • Use classification, labeling, and protection:

    Recommended for any customers with a supporting subscription. Additional capabilities include both discovering sensitive information and labeling documents and emails for classification.

    Labels can also apply protection, simplifying this step for your users.

    This roadmap is supported for both AIP labels created with the classic client, and sensitivity labels that use the unified labeling platform.

    For more information, see AIP roadmap to classify, label, and protect your data.

  • Use protection only:

    Recommended for customers with a subscription that doesn't support both classification and labels, but does support protection without labels. You must have the classic client installed.

    For more information, see AIP roadmap for data protection only.

Next steps

As you deploy Azure Information Protection, you might find it helpful to check the frequently asked questions, and the information and support page for additional resources.