Azure Information Protection (AIP) is a cloud-based solution that enables organizations to classify and protect documents and emails by applying labels. Labels can be applied: 

  • Automatically by administrators using rules and conditions
  • Manually by users
  • By a combination where administrators define the recommendations shown to users

Microsoft Azure Information Protection can be purchased either standalone or through one of the following Microsoft licensing suites: 

Azure Information Protection is offered as a user subscription license. 

Availability of features into following plans:

Features Azure Information Protection for Office 365 Azure Information Protection Premium P1 Azure Information Protection Premium P2
Azure Information Protection content consumption by using work or school accounts from AIP policy-aware apps and services Yes Yes Yes
Protection for Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft OneDrive for Business content Yes Yes Yes
Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) for customer-managed key provisioning life cycle Yes Yes Yes
Custom templates, including departmental templates Yes Yes Yes
Protection for on-premises Exchange and SharePoint content via Rights Management connector Yes Yes Yes
Azure Information Protection content creation by using work or school accounts Yes Yes Yes
Office 365 Message Encryption Yes Yes Yes
Administrative control Yes Yes Yes
Manual, default and mandatory document classification Yes Yes
Azure Information Protection scanner for content discovery of on-premises files matching any of the sensitive information types Yes Yes
Azure Information Protection scanner to apply a label to all files in an on-premises file server or repository Yes Yes
Rights Management connector with on-premises Windows Server file shares by using the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) connector Yes Yes
Document tracking and revocation Yes Yes
Configure conditions for automatic and recommended classification Yes


Data Protection in Office 365 

Office online services provide data protection (encryption + authentication + use rights) capabilities, which use Azure Information Protection.  

However, not all Office 365 subscriptions include the protection feature provided by Azure Information Protection.  

For information on which Office 365 subscriptions include protection, refer to the table below.

Subscription Includes Protection
Office 365 Business Essentials No
Office 365 Business Premium No
Office 365 Enterprise E1 No
Office 365 Education A1 Yes
Office 365 Enterprise E3 Yes
Office 365 Education A3 Yes
Office 365 Government G3 Yes
Office 365 Developer E3 No
Office 365 Enterprise E4 Yes
Office 365 Education A4 Yes
Office 365 Government G4 Yes
Office 365 Enterprise E5 Yes
Office 365 Education A5 Yes
Office 365 Enterprise F1 No
SharePoint Plan 1 No
SharePoint Plan 2 No
Exchange Online Plan 1 No
Exchange Online Plan 2 No

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