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AIP unified labeling client maintenance mode - now what?

Hi,

Microsoft announced maintenance mode for the AIP UL Client: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/security-compliance-and-identity/announcing-aip-unified-labeling-client-maintenance-mode-and/ba-p/3043613

But the article fails to mention what that truly means and how do we proceed from this point onwards.

  1. We are starting an AIP project...so do we still deploy the AIP UL client or not?

  2. If MS is not recommending the deployment of the AIP UL client, then what other AIP client are we expected to deploy? Or will the AIP client now ship with the Operating System? or Office? or what?

  3. What does this mean for all the other file types where Generic Protection was used? e.g. CSV, etc...Can we still use the File Explorer (right click) Option?

  4. We are also about to deploy the on-premises AIP Scanner server which uses the AIP UL client....what does this decision mean for the AIP Scanner then?

  5. What about existing deployments of the AIP UL client - do we now need to uninstall the client from all endpoints?


Where can we get more detailed clarity around this announcement please?

Thank you.

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Givary-MSFT answered ShimKwan-8714 commented

@ShimKwan-8714

Thank you for reaching out to us. I completely understand these questions when AIP UL client in maintenance mode.

I feel that there is a confusion around the announcement. AIP Client components include the addin, right click, viewer and PowerShell module.

While all of these remain in maintenance mode with no additional feature improvements. They are still supported and customers can and should use them based on the use cases that require them.

You can also leverage yammer for Azure information protection/Microsoft Information protection updates - https://www.yammer.com/askipteam/#/Threads/Search?search_origin=global&search=maintenance%20mode

Read all the latest MIP updates and blogs at https://aka.ms/MIPblog

Let me know if you have any further questions.






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Thank you, yes - it is confusing especially when Microsoft state: "We also recommend that you use the default labeling that's built-in to Office apps for the extra stability, better performance, and latest features. If you have the AIP unified labeling client installed, you'll need to disable the AIP add-in for Office apps."

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/information-protection/rms-client/use-client


And whilst there is guidance on how to disable the AIP add-in for Office app, there is no guidance on how to enable the default labeling that's built-in to Office apps.

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ShimKwan-8714 answered

Thanks @GirishVaryani - looks like we just have to wait for more clear information from Microsoft. cheers.

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