About the free trial for Microsoft 365 compliance

Microsoft compliance solutions help protect your organization from internal threats rising from inappropriate permissions on files and emails, and helps your organization to comply with regulatory and policy requirements.

The Microsoft 365 compliance solutions trial is the easiest way to try the capabilities of Microsoft compliance solutions, and setting it up only takes a couple of minutes. After the trial setup is complete, all features of the Microsoft E5 license package are available for you to use for up to 90 days.

Terms and conditions

See the terms and conditions for Microsoft 365 compliance trials.

Set up a compliance trial

You can sign up for a trial in the Microsoft 365 compliance center using the Trials link in the left navigation pane.


As part of the trial setup, the Microsoft E5 compliance licenses are automatically applied to your organization. The licenses are active for 90 days.


To start or end the trial, you need to be a member of the Global Administrator or Security Administrator roles in Azure Active Directory. For details, see About admin roles.

Additional information

After you enroll in the trial, it might take up to 2 hours for the changes and updates to be available. And, admins must sign out and sign back in to see the changes.

You can extend the trial within the last 15 days of the trial period. You are limited to a maximum of two trial periods. If you do not extend by the time your trial period ends, you must wait at least 30 days before signing up for a second trial.

Ending the trial

Admins can disable the trial at any point by going to the compliance card.

If you decide not to enroll in a feature that is part of the compliance solutions trial, your trial data will be maintained for a period of time, usually 180 days, before being permanently deleted. You may continue to access the data gathered during the trial until that time.


The Microsoft 365 compliance solutions trial is gradually rolling out to existing customers who meet specific criteria (including geography) who don't already have a Microsoft E5 license package.

Learn more about compliance

Wondering what you can experience in your free trial? The compliance solutions trial includes the following solutions:

  • Audit

    Advanced Audit helps organizations to conduct forensic and compliance investigations by increasing audit log retention required to conduct an investigation, providing access to crucial events that help determine scope of compromise, and faster access to Office 365 Management Activity API. Learn more about Audit

  • Compliance Manager

    Compliance Manager can help you throughout your compliance journey, from taking inventory of your data protection risks to managing the complexities of implementing controls, staying current with regulations and certifications, and reporting to auditors. Learn more about Compliance Manager

  • Data Loss Prevention

    To comply with business standards and industry regulations, organizations need to protect sensitive info to prevent its inadvertent disclosure. Set up data loss prevention policies to identify, monitor, and automatically protect sensitive info across Microsoft 365. Learn more about Data Loss Prevention

  • eDiscovery

    Take advantage of an end-to-end workflow for preserving, collecting, analyzing, and exporting content that's responsive to your organization's internal and external investigations. Legal teams can also manage the entire legal hold notification process by communicating with custodians involved in a case. Learn more about eDiscovery

  • Information Protection

    Implement Microsoft Information Protection and sensitivity labels, to help you discover, classify, and protect your sensitive content wherever it lives or travels. Learn more about Information Protection

  • Insider Risk Management

    Leverage artificial intelligence to help you quickly identify, triage, and remediate internal risks. Using logs from Microsoft 365 and Azure services, you can define policies that monitor for risk signals, then take remediation actions such as promoting user education or initiating an investigation. Learn more about Insider Risk Management

  • Records Management

    Use integrated Records Management features to automate the retention schedule for organizational regulatory, legal, and business-critical records. Get full content lifecycle support, from creation to collaboration, record declaration, retention, and disposition. Learn more about Records Management