Microsoft is discontinuing Windows Information Protection (WIP).

Microsoft is discontinuing Windows Information Protection (WIP).

Microsoft has discontinued Windows Information Protection (WIP), formerly known as Enterprise Data Protection (EDP). For the time being, it should work in supported products, but it will no longer be developed and one or the other function will sooner or later be removed.

Microsoft cites the customer’s desire for solutions that are better suited to heterogeneous environments as the reason for the discontinuation. For this purpose, admins should switch to Microsoft’s Purview Data Loss Prevention (DLP). In the announcement, Microsoft recommends admins to become familiar with Purview DLP and the full Purview package of which DLP is a part.

Purview is included in Microsoft 365 for testing from the Enterprise E3 license model. Microsoft explains which licenses are required for which products in productive operation in a lengthy support document.

Microsoft released Windows Information Protection in 2016 with Windows 10 Version 1607. In short, the feature allows administrators to control the flow of information on employees’ managed computers. For example, it can be specified that files cannot be copied to unknown USB sticks or third-party cloud storage, or that functions such as copying and pasting protected documents are only possible within permitted applications (whitelisting).

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