What is Azure Information Protection?
Applies to: Azure Information Protection
Azure Information Protection (AIP) is a cloud-based solution that enables organizations to discover, classify, and protect documents and emails by applying labels to content.
Microsoft Information Protection is the common information protection stack that's leveraged by AIP's unified labeling client. For more information, see the Microsoft 365 documentation.
For details about the latest features and public preview version of the unified labeling client, see Azure Information Protection unified labeling client - Version release history and support policy.
AIP unified labeling client
The Azure Information Protection unified labeling client extends labeling, classification, and protection capabilities to additional file types, as well as to the File Explorer and PowerShell.
For example, in the File Explorer, right-click one or more files and select Classify and protect to manage the AIP functionality on the selected files.
Download the client from the Microsoft Azure Information Protection download page.
AIP on-premises scanner
The Azure Information Protection on-premises scanner enables administrators to scan their on-premises file repositories for sensitive content that must be labeled, classified, and/or protected.
The on-premises scanner is installed using PowerShell cmdlets provided as part of the unified labeling client, and can be managed using PowerShell and the Azure Information Protection area in the Azure portal.
For example, use the scanner data shown on the Azure portal to find repositories on your network that might have sensitive content at risk:
For more information, see:
- What is the AIP unified labeling scanner?
- The scanner sections of the AIP unified labeling client - Version release history
Download the scanner installation together with the client from the Microsoft Azure Information Protection download page.
Microsoft Information Protection SDK
The Microsoft Information Protection SDK extends sensitivity labels to third-party apps and services. Developers can use the SDK to build built-in support for applying labels and protection to files.
For example, you might use the MIP SDK for:
- A line-of-business application that applies classification labels to files on export.
- A CAD/CAM design application provides built-in support for Microsoft Information Protection labeling.
- A cloud access security broker or data loss prevention solution reasons over data encrypted with Azure Information Protection.
For more information, see the Microsoft Information Protection SDK overview.
To get started with AIP, download and install the unified labeling client and scanner.
- Sign up for a free trial (Enterprise Mobility + Security E5)
- Download the client
- Quickstart: Deploy the unified labeling client
Get familiar with AIP using our initial tutorials:
- Tutorial: Installing the Azure Information Protection (AIP) unified labeling scanner
- Tutorial: Finding your sensitive content with the Azure Information Protection (AIP) scanner
- Tutorial: Preventing oversharing in Outlook using Azure Information Protection (AIP)
When you're ready to customize AIP further, see Admin Guide: Custom configurations for the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client.
To get started with the MIP SDK, see Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) SDK setup and configuration.
|Resource||Links and description|
|Subscription options and licensing guidance||Microsoft 365 licensing guidance for security & compliance|
|FAQs and known issues||Frequently asked questions for Azure Information Protection Known issues - Azure Information Protection|
|Support options||Support options for Azure Information Protection|
|Yammer||Azure Information Protection|
|What's new?||Watch for new features related to AIP in the Microsoft 365 and SharePoint admin centers: - What's new in the Microsoft 365 admin center? - What's new in the Sharepoint admin center?|
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AIP's classic client
The Azure Information Protection classic client is the earlier version of AIP, and enables administrators to manage classification labels directly in the Azure portal.
AIP labels managed in the Azure portal are not supported by the unified labeling platform, are limited to working with the Azure Information Protection client and scanner, and Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.
We recommend migrating to unified labeling to support these features, as well as SharePoint, Microsoft 365 apps, Outlook for the web and mobile devices, PowerBI data protection, and more. For more information, see Tutorial: Migrating from the Azure Information Protection (AIP) classic client to the unified labeling client.
To provide a unified and streamlined customer experience, the Azure Information Protection classic client and Label Management in the Azure Portal are deprecated as of March 31, 2021. No further support is provided for the classic client and maintenance versions will no longer be released.
The classic client will be officially retired, and will stop functioning, on March 31, 2022.
All current Azure Information Protection classic client customers must migrate to the Microsoft Information Protection unified labeling platform and upgrade to the unified labeling client. Learn more in our migration blog.