Azure Information Protection unified labeling client - Version release history and support policy

Applies to: Azure Information Protection, Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

If you have Windows 7 or Office 2010, see AIP and legacy Windows and Office versions.

Relevant for: AIP unified labeling client only.

Note

As we continue to bring the customer labeling and protection experience to built-in applications like Office 365, the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client has moved into maintenance mode as of January 1, 2022. Moving forward, no new features will be added to the unified labeling client. For more information, see our TechCommunity blog.

This article describes the latest features available for the unified labeling client, as well as servicing information and support timelines for each AIP unified client version.

You can download the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client from the Microsoft Download Center.

If you are looking for updates for the built-in labeling solution for Microsoft Office applications, see:

Servicing information and timelines

The lifecycle of each generally available (GA) version of the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client could vary from build to build, depending on the release date of a subsequent GA version. In overall, each GA version is supported until the subsequent GA version is released, plus up to six months more, after the release of the subsequent GA version (could be less than 6 months, if the new subsequent GA version will be released within those 6 months).

For example, version 2.12.62.0 was released on 02.08.2021, then the next version - 2.13.49.0, was released on 12.01.2022. Therefore, version 2.12.62.0 is fully supported six months after 12.01.2022, which is 12.07.2022.

The documentation is updated accordingly to a client release cycle and is applicable only to the latest supported GA 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.

Microsoft Update Catalog availability

After a short delay of typically four weeks, the latest general availability version is also included in the Microsoft Update Catalog. Azure Information Protection versions have a product name of Microsoft Azure Information Protection > Microsoft Azure Information Protection Unified Labeling Client, and a classification of Updates.

Including Azure Information Protection in the catalog means that you can upgrade the client 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.

General availability versions that are no longer supported

Client version Date released
2.9.111.0 01/13/2021
2.8.85.0 09/22/2020
2.7.101.0 08/23/2020
2.7.99.0 07/20/2020
2.7.96.0 06/29/2020
2.6.111.0 03/09/2020
2.5.33.0 10/23/2019
2.2.21.0 09/03/2019
2.2.19.0 08/06/2019
2.2.14.0 07/15/2019
2.0.779.0 05/01/2019
2.0.778.0 04/16/2019

The date format used on this page is month/day/year.

Release information

Use the following information to see what's new or changed for a supported release of the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client for Windows. The most current release is listed first. The date format used on this page is month/day/year.

Noted Azure Information Protection features are currently in PREVIEW. The Azure Preview Supplemental Terms include additional legal terms that apply to Azure features that are in beta, preview, or otherwise not yet released into general availability.

Tip

Minor fixes are not always listed so if you experience a problem with the unified labeling client, we recommend that you check whether it is fixed with the latest GA release. If the problem remains, check the current preview version (if available).

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.

The unified labeling client replaces the Azure Information Protection classic client. To compare features and functionality with the classic client, see Compare the labeling solutions for Windows computers.

Version 2.13.49.0

Unified labeling scanner and client version 2.13.49.0

Released 1/12/2022

This version includes the following new updates, fixes, and enhancements for the unified labeling scanner and client:

Increased accuracy for sensitive information types

This version of the unified labeling client provides globalization enhancements, including increased accuracy for East Asian languages and support for double-byte characters. These enhancements are provided only for 64-bit processes, and are turned off by default.

For more information, see Turn on classification globalization features and Learn about sensitive information types.

Updated audit logs for the AIP Viewer app

The Azure Information Protection Viewer app now generates Access audit logs each time a labeled or protected file is opened within the organization.

The Viewer app no longer generates Discover audit logs.

For more information, see:

Scanner support for 64-bit versions only

Starting in version 2.13.47.0, the unified labeling scanner is supported only on 64-bit systems.

For more information, see Requirements for installing and deploying the Azure Information Protection unified labeling scanner.

Integrated support for MIP SDK version 1.10

This version of the Azure Information Protection client and scanner fully integrates the Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) Software Development Kit (SDK) version 1.10.93.

For more information, see the MIP SDK documentation.

Fixes and improvements

This version of the unified labeling client and scanner provides the following fixes and improvements:

  • Enhanced support for the PFileSupportedExtensions advanced setting, to add the ability to protect only Office file types and PDF files, without configuring one specific value.
  • Fixed an issue where a watermark may not be reflected correctly when a label is changed.
  • Fixed an issue where Office apps may behave unexpectedly if the color value for a label has an invalid value.
  • Fixed an issue where selecting permissions via the File Explorer Classify and protect option may remove email addresses from the defined permissions if multiple email addresses include an apostrophe (').
  • Fixed an issue where the auto-labeling custom text tooltip configured may not display as expected in case of an AsyncPolicy applied.
  • Fixed an issue when pop-ups in Outlook may behave unexpectedly when attaching an email to another, newly encrypted email.
  • Fixed an issue where an AIP-related error appeared after a child label is added and scoped to Groups & Sites.
  • Fixed an issue where the Delete Label icon may not appear in the Outlook classification bar when mandatory labeling is enabled across Office, but not in Outlook.
  • Fixed an issue where Excel may not close completely when both the AIP add-in and other add-ins are running.
  • Fixed an issue where Outlook may fail to send a message with embedded images in rich-text with rules for pop-ups in Outlook configured.
  • Fixed an issue where the AIP add-in may fail to load in Office apps with language related errors.
  • Fixed an issue to prevent errors from occurring when removing protection from a PST file with special characters.
  • Fixed an issue where extra draft emails were kept while working with Outlook in Online mode.
  • Fixed an issue where popup messages were displayed, prompting users to save changes even when no changes were made, when working with Outlook in Online mode.
  • Fixed an issue where emails to external guest users could not be sent if collaboration rules for popup messages were configured.

Version 2.12.62.0

Unified labeling scanner and client version 2.12.62.0

Supported through 07/12/2022

Released 08/02/2021

This version includes the following new features, fixes, and enhancements for the unified labeling scanner and client:

Built-in co-authoring support

Microsoft 365's co-authoring features are now supported directly in the main Azure Information Protection unified labeling client installation, for enabled tenants.

Co-authoring for Office apps enables multiple users to edit documents that are labeled and encrypted by sensitivity labels.

Note

Before you start, we recommend that you review all related prerequisites and limitations. For more information, see:

Support for DKE labels with user-defined permissions

This version of the unified labeling client and scanner supports DKE labels with user-defined permissions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

For more information, see Azure Information Protection tenant keys and Double Key Encryption for Microsoft 365.

Client usage logging in the Windows event log

The unified labeling client now logs user activity to the local Windows event log.

AIP scanner: General availability support for DLP policies

Microsoft 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies are now supported with the Azure Information Protection unified labeling scanner directly in the main installation instead of a dedicated version only.

  • Using a DLP policy enables the scanner to detect potential data leaks by matching DLP rules to files stored in file shares and SharePoint Server.

  • Enable DLP rules in your content scan job to reduce the exposure of any files that match your DLP policies.

    The scanner may reduce file access to data owners only, or reduce exposure to network-wide groups, such as Everyone, Authenticated Users, or Domain Users.

  • Scanning your files with DLP rules enabled also creates file permission reports. Query these reports to investigate specific file exposures or explore the exposure of a specific user to scanned files.

Settings for enforcing or testing the DLP policy are configured in the Microsoft 365 Compliance center.

For more information, including licensing requirements, see:

Fixes and improvements - version 2.12.62.0

Version 2.11.58.0

Unified labeling scanner and client version 2.11.58.0

Supported through 02/08/2022

Released 04/29/2021

Note

Version 2.11.58.0 is identical to version 2.11.57.0. Due to an issue in our software packaging system, we needed to repackage this version and provide an updated version number. Users who've installed version 2.11.57.0 can be assured that have a fully supported and functional version.

This version includes the following new features, fixes, and enhancements for the unified labeling scanner and client:

Scanner usage logging in the Windows event log

The unified labeling scanner now logs user activity to the local Windows event log.

For more information, see Usage logging for the Azure Information Protection scanner.

Scanner diagnostics tool improvements

With the upgrade to version 2.11.58.0, running the Start-AIPScannerDiagnostics cmdlet with the Verbose parameter prints the last 10 errors from the scanner log.

To print more or fewer errors, use the new VerboseErrorCount parameter to define the number of errors you want to print.

For more information, see Troubleshooting using the scanner diagnostic tool.

Improved scanner details output

The unified labeling on-premises scanner has improved outputs for the following cmdlets:

Cmdlet Improvement
Get-AIPScannerStatus Previously, running the Get-AIPScannerStatus command provided only high-level details of the scanner cluster status, without details per node in your cluster.

Now, you can use the NodesInfo variable and the Verbose parameter to drill down into additional levels of detail for each node.

For more information, see the Verify scanning details per scanner node and repository.
Get-AIPScannerConfiguration Running the Get-AIPScannerConfiguration now provides details about the current scanner configuration in addition to the online configuration settings.

Updates for the scanner's supported information types

Beginning with version 2.11.58.0, the following sensitive information types are not scanned by the unified labeling scanner.

If you have sensitivity labels that use these sensitive information types, we recommend that you remove them.

  • EU Phone Number
  • EU GPS Coordinates

Fixes and improvements (2.11.58.0)

The following fixes were delivered in version 2.11.58.0 of the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client and scanner:

Version 2.9.116.0

Unified labeling scanner and client version 2.9.116.0

Released 02/08/2021

Supported through 10/29/2021

Fixed issues

Users are now able to view protected files as expected in the following scenarios:

  • When protected files are shared with users who don’t have an AIP policy configured, such as external users. This issue had occurred only with the AIP Viewer app.

  • When content with a scoped label is shared with users or groups not included in the label's scope. This issue had occurred both with the AIP Viewer app and when viewing or classifying the shared content via the File Explorer.

For more information, see the AIP unified labeling client user guide.

Next steps

Not sure if unified labeling is the right client to install? See Choose your Windows labeling solution.

For more information about installing and using the unified labeling client:

For information about new features in the Microsoft 365 compliance center, see: