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MC446137: Configuration Change: Azure Information Protection Add-in will be disabled by default for Office apps

Updated November 15, 2022: We have determined that this message did not reach the appropriate audience. Please disregard this message. Thank you for your patience.

We’re making some changes to how Microsoft 365 Apps choose between the built-in client for sensitivity labels and the legacy Azure Information Protection (AIP) Add-in.

MC446137: Configuration Change: Azure Information Protection Add-in will be disabled by default for Office apps

Starting with version 2211 in Office Current Channel and Monthly Enterprise Channel, all users of this add-in will be migrated to the modern, built-in interface for sensitivity labels in Office. This will simplify admin configuration of sensitivity labels for Office documents and substantially improve end-user productivity from improvements to performance. For users who need to continue using the AIP Add-in during its support lifecycle, you need to deploy a new configuration for Office to explicitly allow the AIP Add-in to be used for viewing and applying labels in Office.

Beginning October 15, 2022, the new configuration setting will be available for you to deploy via group policy or cloud policy. Use this to configure an exception to allow the AIP Add-in to continue providing sensitivity labels. For users in the Insider Beta channel of Office, the AIP Add-in will be automatically disabled by default.

How this will affect your organization

You are receiving this message because our reporting indicates one or more users in your organization are using the Azure Information Protection Add-In for Office. For tenants that use the Microsoft 365 Add-Ins Health Dashboard, you can view the list of affected devices for your organization.

When this change is implemented:

  • If you’ve previous disabled “Use the Sensitivity feature in Office to apply and view sensitivity label”: Users will not be able to view or apply sensitivity labels in Office apps. To avoid losing access to sensitivity labels, you must deploy the new setting “Use the Azure Information Protection add-in for sensitivity labeling”.
  • If you hadn’t configured “Use the Sensitivity feature in Office to apply and view sensitivity label”, the AIP Add-in will be disabled automatically and replaced with sensitivity labels using the built-in labeling client.
  • To continue using the AIP Add-in, you must configure the new policy setting “Use the Azure Information Protection add-in for sensitivity labeling”. If you disable thew new policy setting or don’t configure it, the default labeling experience that’s built-in for Office apps is used to view and apply sensitivity labels.

What you need to do to prepare

The new policy setting “Use the Azure Information Protection add-in for sensitivity labeling” is available for you to configure starting today for users in Current Channel and goes into effect starting in version 2211.

When this change takes effect, you will need to configure the policy setting “Use the Azure Information Protection add-in for sensitivity labeling” to keep using the Add-in.

Please click Additional Information to learn more.

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Message ID: MC446137
Published: 2022-10-14
Updated: 2022-11-15
Product: Microsoft 365 Apps, Purview Information Protection
Platform: World tenant

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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