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MC478692: Configuration Change: Azure Information Protection Add-in will be disabled by default for Office apps

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.

Starting with version 2212 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 version is estimated to be available in mid/late January 2023. 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.

The new configuration setting is 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 once the minimum version is deployed. For users in the Insider Beta channel of Office, the AIP Add-in will be automatically disabled by default.

MC478692: Configuration Change: Azure Information Protection Add-in will be disabled by default for Office apps

How this will affect your organization

You are receiving this message because our reporting indicates your organization may be using the Azure Information Protection Add-In for Office. For organizations 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 for users in Current Channel and goes into effect starting in version 2212.

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.

Learn more

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Message ID: MC478692
Published: 2022-12-03
Updated: 2022-12-03

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