Azure Information Protection unified labeling client - Version release history and support policy
Applies to: Active Directory Rights Management Services, Azure Information Protection, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 with SP1, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2
Instructions for: Azure Information Protection unified labeling client for Windows
You can download the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client from the Microsoft Download Center.
After a short delay of typically a couple of weeks, the latest general availability version is also included in the Microsoft Update Catalog with a product name of Microsoft Azure Information Protection > Microsoft Azure Information Protection Unified Labeling Client, and the classification of Updates. This inclusion in the catalog means that you can upgrade the client by using WSUS or Configuration Manager, or other software deployment mechanisms that use Microsoft Update.
For more information, see Upgrading and maintaining the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client.
Servicing information and timelines
Each general availability (GA) version of the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client is supported for up to six months after the release of the subsequent GA version. The documentation does not include information about unsupported versions of the client. Fixes and new functionality are always applied to the latest GA version and will not be applied to older GA versions.
Preview versions should not be deployed for end users on production networks. Instead, use the latest preview version to see and try new functionality or fixes that are coming in the next GA version. Preview versions that are not current are not supported.
Use the following information to see what’s supported for the general availability version of the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client.
This client installs an Office add-on for Windows computers, an extension for File Explorer, and a PowerShell module. This client has the same prerequisites as the Azure Information Protection client that downloads policy from Azure.
To compare features and functionality with the Azure Information Protection client, see Compare the clients.
Versions later than 2.0.779.0
If you have a version 2 of the client that is later than 2.0.779.0, it is a preview build for testing and evaluation purposes.
Support for advanced settings that you configure with PowerShell for the Security & Compliance Center.
These advanced settings support the following customizations:
- Display the Information Protection bar in Office apps
- Enable recommended classification in Outlook
- Set a different default label for Outlook
- Remove "Not now" for documents when you use mandatory labeling
- Remove headers and footers from other labeling solutions
- Disable custom permissions in File Explorer
- For files protected with custom permissions, always display custom permissions to users in File Explorer
- For email messages with attachments, apply a label that matches the highest classification of those attachments
- Add "Report an Issue" for users
- Implement pop-up messages in Outlook that warn, justify, or block emails being sent
- Disable sending discovered sensitive information in documents to Azure Information Protection analytics
- Disable sending information type matches for a subset of users
- Migrate labels from Secure Islands and other labeling solutions
- Apply a custom property when a label is applied
- Configure a label to apply S/MIME protection in Outlook
- Specify a default sublabel for a parent label
- Specify a color for the label
Support for labels that are configured for user-defined permissions for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and File Explorer:
- If you have labels with this configuration from the Azure portal, they are now supported by the unified labeling client although there is currently no equivalent configuration in the admin centers.
- When a user selects a label with this configuration, they are prompted to select users and protection settings for the document.
PowerShell changes in the AzureInformationProtection module:
- New cmdlet: New-AIPCustomPermissions - replaces New-RMSProtectionLicense to create an ad-hoc policy for custom permissions
- New parameters:
- CustomPermissions and RemoveProtection - added to Set-AIPFileLabel
- OnBeHalfOf - added to Set-AIPAuthentication, to be used instead of the Token parameter for non-interactive sessions
- WhatIf and DiscoveryInfoTypes - added to Set-AIPFileClassification, so that this cmdlet can run in discovery mode without applying labels
- Deprecated cmdlets: Clear-RMSAuthentication, Get-RMSFileStatus, Get-RMSServer, Get-RMSServerAuthentication, Get-RMSTemplate, Protect-RMSFile, Set-RMSServerAuthentication, Unprotect-RMSFile
When automatic labeling is configured, the label applies the first time a document is saved.
Default labeling supports sublabels.
This release has a single fix to resolve a race-condition issue where sometimes, no labels display in Office apps or File Explorer.
Supported through 11/01/2019
This first general availability version of the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client for Windows supports the following features:
Upgrade from the Azure Information Protection client.
Manual, automatic, and recommended labeling: For more information about configuring automatic and recommended labeling for this client, see Apply a sensitivity label to content automatically.
File Explorer, right-click actions to classify and protect files, remove protection, and apply custom permissions.
A viewer for protected text and image files, protected PDF files, and files that are generically protected.
PowerShell commands to do the following:
Auditing data and endpoint discovery support for central reporting by using Azure Information Protection analytics.
The following label and policy settings:
- Visual marking (headers, footers, watermarks)
- Default labeling - currently limited to labels without sublabels
- Labels that apply Do Not Forward and display in Outlook only
- Justification prompts if users lower the classification level or remove a label
- Colors for the labels
Policy refresh from the admin centers:
- Each time an Office app starts and every 4 hours
- When you right-click to classify and protect a file or folder
- When you run the PowerShell cmdlets for labeling and protection
A Help and feedback dialog box, which includes reset settings and export logs.
For full details, see the comparison tables.
For more information about installing and using this client: