Learn about the new Microsoft Purview portal (preview)
Microsoft Purview is a comprehensive set of solutions that can help you govern, protect, and manage data in your organization. The new Microsoft Purview portal (preview) has a streamlined design and unified experience that helps you discover and access data security, data governance, and risk and compliance solutions for all your data, wherever it lives across your data estate. The unified experience streamlines navigation for all Purview solutions and provides a single-entry point for settings, search, and roles and permissions management.
The Microsoft Purview portal (preview) provides access to data governance, data security, and risk and compliance solutions. Selecting risk and compliance solutions in the portal currently opens these solutions in the classic Microsoft Purview compliance portal. For information about the classic portals, see the following articles:
Getting started with the portal
When you first navigate to and open the Microsoft Purview portal, you'll see a welcome dialog that provides a brief overview of the new portal experience. After agreeing to the preview usage terms and privacy conditions, select Try now to follow teaching bubbles that highlight key areas of the new portal experience
Afterwards, you'll see the new home page displayed. The home page is your starting point for accessing all Microsoft Purview solutions, portal-wide settings, summary information about your data, and more.
Permissions and subscriptions
Depending on your permissions and your Microsoft Purview subscription, you'll see different solutions, home page cards, and features in the portal. For example, if you have permissions and a supported subscription to access a specific data governance or risk and compliance solution (such as Data Loss Prevention, Insider Risk Management, etc.), you'll see these solution cards on the home page. If you don't have permissions or a supported subscription, you won't see these solution cards on the home page.
For more information about permissions and role groups in Microsoft Purview, see:
- Permissions in the Microsoft Purview portal (preview)
- Roles and role groups in Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft Purview portals
For more information about Microsoft Purview subscription requirements, see:
Use global search at the top of the portal to search for navigation controls and data resources across all your solutions and data estate. Users that have access to Data Catalog can search for data search results but can only see the data search results that they have access to.
Sections and cards
Solution cards and the Solutions page
Solution cards on the portal home page allow you to quickly access and open the Microsoft Purview solutions that you have access to. Selecting risk and compliance solutions in the portal currently opens these solutions in the classic Microsoft Purview compliance portal. These cards are predefined and can't be customized.
To view and manage all solutions you have access to and that aren't listed in the solution card list, select View all solutions. From the Solutions page, you can select solutions in the Platform section to set up and configure app experiences across Microsoft Purview or use the Solutions section to directly view and manage specific Microsoft Purview solutions. Use the predefined filters to view solutions by area, or use the search box to find a specific solution by keyword.
Discover your data
The Discover your data card helps you discover your organization’s data, see where it’s stored, and understand how it’s being used. You can use Search the Data Catalog to quickly find the data you're looking for and filter search results by business terms, classifications, and contacts. You can also use Open Data Catalog to open the Data Catalog solution to further browse, search, and discover data assets across your organization.
Compliance posture status
This section includes cards that display summary information from the Compliance Manager solution about your organization’s compliance posture. The percentages reflect progress toward completing the requirements of regulatory assessments. The Posture breakdown section highlights completion rates for your organization’s top assessments and the services covered by the assessments. Select Assess using Compliance Manager or Explore posture breakdown to visit Compliance Manager, where you can view, add, and manage assessments.
Trials and recommendations
The Trials and recommendations card displays information and links to help you get started with trial solutions for specific Microsoft Purview solutions. Select View all trials and recommendations to discover more security and compliance capabilities in Microsoft Purview you can try for free.
The Knowledge Center card highlights articles, product demos, tutorials, and other learning materials to help you succeed with Microsoft Purview. Select Go to the Knowledge Center to open the Knowledge Center page and to view all available learning materials. Use the predefined filters to view knowledge center items by solution area, or use the search box to find a specific item by keyword.
Settings in the portal
Settings in the Microsoft Purview portal are now centralized and persist in one location at the top of the portal page. By selecting the gear icon at the top of the page, you can quickly manage portal-wide settings, no matter where you are in the portal.
To view and manage portal-wide settings, select options in the Themes, Language and time zone, Password, and Contact preferences sections. To view and manage account settings, select Account.
New left navigation for solutions
When you select a Microsoft Purview governance solution in the portal, you'll see a solution-specific home page and a new left-navigation experience that allows you to access all solution features and settings. If you've used the classic Microsoft Purview governance portal, you'll notice that the new portal has moved many of the feature tabs and page navigation controls to the left side of the screen. This new navigation experience helps provide consistency and standardization across Microsoft Purview solutions.
Get started with governance solutions
Getting started with governance solutions in the Microsoft Purview portal depends on your organization's current relationship with Microsoft Purview governance solutions.
- If your organization has never created a Microsoft Purview account in the Azure portal, read about the new experience here.
- If your organization has Microsoft Purview accounts in the Azure portal, read about the new experience here.
New experience for new customers
If your organization doesn't have any Microsoft Purview accounts in any subscriptions under your Microsoft Entra tenant, you can get started with our governance solutions right away. Use the new Microsoft Purview portal to start your journey with the free version of Microsoft Purview.
Free version of Microsoft Purview governance solutions
If you're new to Microsoft Purview governance solutions, you'll start in the free version of Microsoft Purview.
Only a core subset of Microsoft Purview's governance solutions with limited capabilities are currently available in the free version:
- Data catalog - browse and search for your data assets
- Data share - securely share data between users and organizations
- Data map history - a log of updates made to assets
Currently, the free version of Microsoft Purview governance solutions supports these governance data sources using live view:
- Azure Blob Storage
- Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2
- Azure SQL Database
- Azure subscriptions
- Microsoft Fabric
The free version is limited; therefore it's recommended only for initial evaluation, development, and test scenarios. If you want to use all of Microsoft Purview's governance features, it's recommended to upgrade to the enterprise version.
For more information about limitations in the free version of Microsoft Purview, see our documentation on what's in the free version of Microsoft Purview governance solutions. To try out Microsoft Purview and get started on your governance journey, see our guide to getting started with the free version of Microsoft Purview governance solutions.
You can get started with the enterprise version of Microsoft Purview by upgrading from the Microsoft Purview portal. Upgrading to enterprise gives you and your users access to all of Microsoft Purview's governance features, including:
- All of Microsoft Purview's supported governance sources - manage data sources across your multicloud environment
- Collections - fine grained access control for users across your environment
- Scanning - gather your sources' technical metadata and lineage information
- Automatic classification - classify your data to identify important and sensitive information
- Microsoft Purview policies - govern data at the source from Microsoft Purview
- All reports in Data Estate Insights - understand your data estate at a glance
- Workflows - automate governance in your environment
For more information about Microsoft Purview's governance solutions, see our overview article.
New experience for existing governance customers
The new experience is an enhancement to the current Microsoft Purview governance experience, and doesn't impact the information already stored in your accounts or your ability to use our APIs. When you upgrade to the new experience, you'll have automatic access to the enterprise version of Microsoft Purview, which has all the features you already use, and these new features:
- This new Microsoft Purview portal: the latest platform to manage your organization's data governance.
- Live view: view your Azure data assets in the Microsoft Purview Data Catalog automatically and in real time with no need to register or set up a scan for the source.
- Tenant-level administration: we've added roles that give you the ability to delegate administration from the tenant level, while maintaining fine-grained access control options to limit permissions by role and collections. This gives your team flexibility when managing access and responsibilities.
- Data map history: a log of updates made to data assets, so you can audit changes in your data map.
To get started in this new experience, see our guide to getting started with governance in the new Microsoft Purview portal.
Get started with risk and compliance solutions
The Microsoft Purview portal (preview) provides access to data governance, data security, and risk and compliance solutions. Selecting risk and compliance solutions in the portal currently opens these solutions in the classic Microsoft Purview compliance portal.
Continue using the classic governance portal
If you'd like to continue using the classic Microsoft Purview governance portal, you can continue to use it while the new Microsoft Purview portal is in preview and under evaluation. Just turn off the New Microsoft Purview portal toggle at the top of the Microsoft Purview portal page to provide feedback and to switch back to the classic portal. You'll be notified well before the classic portal is scheduled to be retired.