During many of my Azure Information Protection projects, I have always been met with questions about protected PDF files.
Honestly I do not why, but it seems like some companies are using the quote “AIP doesn’t work with PDF files, so we cannot implement that in our organization”. That is bu*ls**t!
Microsoft and Adobe has been collaborating on this feature for a while now, and it is supported in Azure Information Protection or Microsoft Information Protection as it is called now.
For Windows 10 and previous versions through Windows 7 Service Pack 1 you can use Adobe Acrobat Reader, on iOS or Android you must download the Azure Information Protection app from the store.
Support for previous formats:
The PDF readers in the next table support protected PDF documents that have a .ppdf file name extension and older formats that have a .pdf file name extension. Currently, SharePoint Online and SharePoint on-premises use an older format for PDF documents in IRM-protected libraries.
|Operating system||Supported readers|
|Windows 10, through Windows 7 SP1||Azure Information Protection viewer, Gaaiho Doc, GigaTrust Desktop PDF Client for Adobe, Foxit Reader, Nitro PDF Reader, Nuance Power PDF, RMS sharing app|
|Android||Azure Information Protection app, Foxit MobilePDF with RMS, GigaTrust App for Android|
|iOS||Azure Information Protection app, Foxit MobilePDF with RMS, TITUS Docs|