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.


For technical support, see the Support options and community resources information. We also invite you to engage with the Azure Information Protection team, on their Yammer site.

Release information

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

Released: 06/20/2019

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.

New features:


  • When automatic labeling is configured, the label applies the first time a document is saved.

  • Default labeling supports sublabels.

Version 2.0.779.0

Released: 05/01/2019

This release has a single fix to resolve a race-condition issue where sometimes, no labels display in Office apps or File Explorer.

Version 2.0.778.0

Released: 04/16/2019

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.

Next steps

For full details, see the comparison tables.

For more information about installing and using this client: