Azure Information Protection unified labeling client: Version release information

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


This client is in preview and is subject to changes. It uses the unified labeling store and downloads policy with labels from the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. More information

You can download the latest preview version of the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client from the Microsoft Download Center.

Release information

Use the following information to see what’s supported for the latest preview 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 Feature comparisons for the clients.

Current preview version

Released: 02/25/2019

This preview 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: Use Auto labeling from the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to configure automatic and recommended labeling. For more information, 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:

  • Support for central reporting using Azure Information Protection analytics.

  • The following label and policy settings:

    • Visual marking (headers, footers, watermarks)
    • Default labeling
    • 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 Security & Compliance Center:

    • 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.

Features that do not work in this preview version or are not available


  • The scanner to discover, label, and protect files on on-premises data stores is not available.

  • Labels that are migrated from the Azure portal and configured for HYOK protection display in the client when they are published, but these labels do not apply protection.

  • The full set of cmdlets from the AzureInformationProtection module aren't available, which includes cmdlets that connect directly to a protection service. For example, Unprotect-RMSFile, to unprotect files in bulk.

For full details, see the comparison tables.


  1. Install the client by using the following instructions: User Guide: Download and install the Azure Information Protection client (Preview)

  2. Use the client as you would the Azure Information Protection client, with the following exceptions for Office apps:

    • The button on the Office ribbon is named Sensitivity rather than Protect.
    • Admins can't display the Information Protection bar by default, but users can display it by selecting Show Bar from the Sensitivity button.
    • Custom permissions are not available
    • Track and revoke is not available

    For user instructions:

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