Looks like AIP is going backwards....

Shim Kwan 281 Reputation points
2022-07-18T05:24:46.537+00:00

Hi,

The more we work with AIP, the more it seems like its going backwards.
For one, it used to support a lot of file types...now, it seems like its only Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (and only Office 2010 on wards though).
Deprecation of the AIP UL Client removes all the 'right-click' file explorer functionality.
We used to be able to change the font type on headers, footers...now its only available when you create a new label - no editing on existing labels.

And there are plenty more examples like this.

Whats going on??
Some of our existing customers have started looking elsewhere for AIP/DLP solutions as the previous AIP functionality they had, is no longer there - or is marked for deprecation.

thx

Azure Information Protection
Azure Information Protection
An Azure service that is used to control and help secure email, documents, and sensitive data that are shared outside the company.
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  1. Marilee Turscak-MSFT 32,541 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2022-07-18T21:39:23.48+00:00

    Hi @Shim Kwan ,

    Thank you for your post and valuable feedback!

    The reason it is recommended to use native/built-in labeling is because the AIP labeling for the Azure Information Protection client depends on the Azure and is not "MIP-enabled." The Azure Information Protection unified labeling client, on the other hand, doesn't have as many features as the classic Azure Information Protection client, but interacts with the unified MIP backend. Both of these AIP add-ins are COM add-ins that have had significant performance issues (causing app boot slowdowns and other reliability problems), and the Office team was eager to replace them with the built-in, native functionality.

    The recommendation going forward is to use built-in sensitivity labeling for Office applications. The article here has a list of retired services and recommended workarounds for enabling those features. https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/information-protection/removed-sunset-services

    If you provide more details about your scenario and the solutions you are looking for, I am happy to pass your feedback along to the product team and check with them for a solution that fits your needs.

    You can also create your own feature requests in the Ideas forum. https://feedback.azure.com/

    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/security-compliance-and-identity/final-reminder-to-migrate-from-azure-information-protection/ba-p/2731734

    Let me know if this helps provide some better context and feel free to share any feedback around particular scenarios you are hoping to achieve.

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