Support for IRM in Office

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

In order to use IRM-protected documents in the Microsoft Office suites the user needs to have installed either a version of a Microsoft Office program that understands IRM protected documents or a Microsoft Office document viewer, available for free from the Microsoft download center on the Web. Word and Excel IRM-enabled viewers are available. For PowerPoint and InfoPath documents, the full version of a Microsoft Office suite is necessary.

Not all editions of Office can produce IRM protected documents, but all editions of the IRM enabled versions of Office (Office 2003, Office 2007, and Office 2010) can consume IRM protected documents.

This table presents the IRM capabilities of the different editions of the IRM enabled versions of Office and their viewers.

Office version Edition Create IRM protected Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents Read and edit IRM protected Word and Excel documents Read and edit IRM protected PowerPoint documents Send rights protected e-mail messages Receive and reply to rights protected e-mail messages Create or use protected InfoPath forms

Office 2003

Student and Teacher

Standard

Small Business

Basic

Enterprise

Professional

Downloadable Office Readers

(read only)

Office 2007

Home and Student

Standard

Small Business

Professional

Professional Plus

Enterprise

Ultimate

Downloadable Office Readers

(read only)

Office 2010

Professional Plus

Professional

Home and Business

Home and Student

Professional Academic

Word and Excel Viewers

(read only)

Pocket Office

Only edition

(read only)

(read only)

For additional information on deploying AD RMS with Microsoft Office, see AD RMS and Microsoft Office Deployment Considerations (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd772697(WS.10).aspx).