Microsoft Purview Information Protection client - Release management and supportability

Note

Are you looking for Microsoft Purview Information Protection, formerly Microsoft Information Protection (MIP)?

The Azure Information Protection add-in is retired and replaced with labels that are built in to your Microsoft 365 apps and services. Learn more about the support status of other Azure Information Protection components.

The new Microsoft Information Protection client (without the add-in) is currently in preview and scheduled for general availability.

This article describes the functionality added to each recent version of the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client, as well as servicing information and support timelines for each client version.

You can download the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client from the Microsoft Download Center.

If you're looking for updates for the built-in labeling solution for Microsoft Office applications, see:

Servicing information and timelines

Microsoft Purview Information Protection client

The Microsoft Purview Information Protection client has multiple components bundled up into a single downloadable package.

The Microsoft Purview Information Protection client is available for preview starting April 11, 2024 on the Microsoft Download Center. The client includes the Information Protection Scanner, PowerShell, File Labeler (previously AIP Classify & Protect) and Viewer with a 3.X minimum client version.

The lifecycle of each generally available (GA) version of the Microsoft Purview Information Protection labeling client are 1 year after release.

Client version Date released Supported through
3.0.16.0 Public Preview 04/11/2024
General Availability May 2024
May 2025

The date format used on this page is month/day/year.

The documentation is updated accordingly to a client release cycle and is applicable only to the latest supported GA versions of the client. Fixes and new functionality are always applied to the latest GA version and aren't applied to older GA versions.

Azure Information Protection unified labeling client

The Azure Information Protection unified labeling client has all components from the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client as well as the Azure Information Protection Add-in. The AIP Add-in for Office is the only component retired on April 11, 2024, driven by the modernization effort to make sensitivity labeling and protection built-in to Office applications. All other components within the unified labeling client aren't in maintenance mode and are fully supported in the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client. For more information, see our TechCommunity blog.

Client version Date released Supported through
2.18.26.0 03/25/2024 04/11/2024: AIP Add-in for Office
06/30/2024: AIP PowerShell, Scanner, Classify & Protect and Viewer
2.17.67.0 03/11/2024 04/11/2024: AIP Add-in for Office
06/30/2024: AIP PowerShell, Scanner, Classify & Protect and Viewer
2.17.66.0 01/11/2024 04/11/2024: AIP Add-in for Office
06/30/2024: AIP PowerShell, Scanner, Classify & Protect and Viewer
2.16.79.0 10/25/2023 04/11/2024: AIP Add-in for Office
06/30/2024: AIP PowerShell, Scanner, Classify & Protect and Viewer
2.16.73.0 05/23/2023 04/11/2024: AIP Add-in for Office
04/25/2024: AIP PowerShell, Scanner, Classify & Protect and Viewer

Microsoft Update Catalog availability

After a short delay of typically four weeks, the latest general availability version is also included in the Microsoft Update Catalog. Microsoft Purview Information Protection versions have a product name of Microsoft Purview Information Protection > Microsoft Purview Information Protection Client, and a classification of Updates.

Including the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client in the catalog means that you can upgrade the client using WSUS or Configuration Manager, or other software deployment mechanisms that use Microsoft Update.

For more information, see Upgrading and maintaining the Information Protection client.

Note

Microsoft Purview Information Protection client version 3.0 is not available through the Microsoft Update Catalog. Version 3.1 is the first available release.

Release information

Use the following information to see the contents of each supported release of the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client for Windows. The most current release is listed first. The date format used on this page is month/day/year.

Noted Microsoft Purview Information Protection features are currently in PREVIEW. The Azure Preview Supplemental Terms include other legal terms that apply to Azure features that are in beta, preview, or otherwise not yet released into general availability.

Tip

Minor fixes aren't always listed so if you experience a problem with the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client, we recommend that you check whether it is fixed with the latest GA release. If the problem remains, check the current preview version (if available).

For technical support, see the Support options and community resources information. We also invite you to engage with the Information Protection team, on their Yammer site.

Version 3.0.16.0 Preview

Microsoft Purview Information Protection client and scanner version 3.0.16.0 is available for preview.

Preview Date 04/11/2024

Fixes and improvements

This version of the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client and scanner provides the following fixes and improvements:

  • Removed Azure Information Protection Add-in for Office from the client package.
  • Replaced references to the Azure Information Protection brand name with Microsoft Purview Information Protection.
  • Updated PowerShell module name to PurviewInformationProtection from AzureInformationProtection.
  • Created aliases for AzureInformationProtection PowerShell cmdlets in PurviewInformationProtection, except for Set-AIPFileLabel and Set-AIPFileClassification.
  • Updated right-click in File Explorer to display "Apply sensitivity label with Microsoft Purview" to open the Information Protection File Labeler.

Breaking Changes

  • Upgrades from the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client must uninstall the 2.X client version from the local machine prior to installing Microsoft Purview Information Protection client version 3.0.
  • Updated service names and cmdlets for the scanner. Upgrades from client version 2.X to 3.X are required to follow the migration steps or risk deployment failure.
  • Updated parameters and functionality for Set-FileLabel and Remove-FileLabel PowerShell cmdlets.

Next steps

For more information, see:

For more information about new features for the information protection client, see: