Announcing the sunset of Windows Information Protection (WIP)
Published Jul 21 2022 03:00 PM 67.4K Views

Certain capabilities within the solution known as Windows Information Protection (WIP), previously referred to as Enterprise Data Protection (EDP) will be discontinued over time. As a result, we recommend that you explore Microsoft Purview Information Protection and Data Loss Prevention for your multi-cloud and multi-platform data protection needs.

Windows Information Protection, previously known as Enterprise Data Protection (EDP), was originally released to help organizations protect enterprise apps and data against accidental data leaks without interfering with the employee experience on Windows. Over time, many of you have expressed a need for a data protection solution that works across heterogenous platforms, and that allows you to extend the same sensitive data protection controls on endpoints that you have for the various SaaS apps and services you rely upon every day. To address these needs, Microsoft has built Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention (DLP), which is deeply integrated with Microsoft Purview Information Protection to help your organization discover, classify, and protect sensitive information as it is used or shared.

Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention (DLP) leverages built-in sensitive data detection and native integration with sensitivity labels from Information Protection to enable you to create and enforce policies to prevent sensitive data exfiltration through common egress points. Microsoft Purview DLP is easy to turn on with protection built into Microsoft 365 cloud services, Microsoft 365 Apps (Office), and on endpoint devices with Windows and Microsoft Edge. It is offered and managed as a single, integrated, and extensible offering that allows you to manage your DLP policies from a single location. DLP controls can also be extended to macOS endpoints and Chrome browser, and various cloud apps, such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and others through integration with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.

To support your multi-cloud and multi-platform data protection journey and simplify your decision-making process, we are announcing today that Windows Information Protection (WIP) is no longer under active feature development and will be discontinued in future versions of Windows. The sunset process will follow the standard Windows client feature lifecycle, which shows which existing features and capabilities are supported and for what timelines.

If you are currently using WIP, we recommend that you start learning, if you haven't already, how Information Protection and DLP can help you achieve robust data protection for your cross-platform and cross-cloud needs.

Get started with Information Protection and DLP with a free trial

You can try Microsoft Purview Information Protection and DLP today by enabling the free trial of Microsoft Purview from the Microsoft Purview compliance portal. All you need is a Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 subscription or greater. Once you meet this requirement, you can start using cloud-based email and document protection in SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and OneDrive for Business. Consult the licensing details for Information Protection and DLP for further details.

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