We’re excited to announce Microsoft Rights Management for individuals. Our service will allow you to securely protect and exchange files with others. Rights Management protects your files by encrypting and allowing access to only those whom you have chosen. The Microsoft Rights Management for individuals offer, the topic of today's post, is about letting users in organizations that don't offer RMS to their employees to be able to use it (for free). To better understand the overall offer, please see the post above with the attached whitepaper.
Below Tejas Patel will cover the basics with you.
- Dan on behalf of the Rights Management team
Simply stated, you'll just sign-up, install our application, invoke the “share protected” verb on a file and you are on your way! Now, let's break it down step-by-step:
To get started:
Here are a couple of items to try:
Share Protected with someone else (within or outside of your organization), with any file format.
By selecting “Allow consumption on all devices”, the application adds the file to a container which is then encrypted so the file is protected. When sharing with others who use devices such as Ipad’s, Iphones, and Android, this mode will allow them to view the file on their devices (and even using device-specific applications like Pages on an iPad) after we verify they have access to the file. Support for these devices will be coming by October and we will blog once these are available.
Share Protected with someone else (within or outside your organization) with a Microsoft Word document
If the recipient of your file already has an Office 365 account, they can sign-in with these credentials and receive access to the content. In the future, users signing up directly via the Rights Management for Individuals, will be prompted for re-verification to ensure their account is still valid. To avoid this experience, we recommend organizations subscribe to Azure Active Directory for free and enable DirSync + Federation. This allows an organization to retain control of their user accounts rather than having a new account created. See the RMS whitepaper for more specifics on this point.
We currently support the viewing of Microsoft Office applications that are Rights Management enlightened via Office 2013 and Office 2010. The applications include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. If you are using Office 2013, you will need to sign in by going to File and then account. For Office 2010, you will be prompted for credentials.
Where can I download the application?
Why can’t sign up for the preview with my email address or Office 365 account?
Can I try the sign-up without actually signing up?
What If I don’t want users from my organization to sign-up for this service?
What versions of Microsoft Office are supported with the RMS Application?
When will you add support for other devices and operating systems?
Will your application also work with Azure Rights Management that is available via Office 365?
Who can I share with right now?
Please let us know if you have comments or questions
Tejas on behalf of the Rights Management team