Information Rights Management To Debut in Office 2003
Microsoft to thread DRM throughout Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint in its next-generation desktop suite.It looks like the "rights management technology" that Microsoft has been rumored to be building into Office is on the cusp of debuting in Office 2003. The Windows enthusiasts over at Neowin.Net have the dish on the "Information Rights Management" component of the Office 2003 Beta 2 code that appeared then disappeared from the MSDN site this week. "IRM is a persistent file-level technology from Microsoft that allows the user to specify permission for who can access and use documents or e-mail messages, and helps prevent sensitive information from being printed, forwarded, or copied by unauthorized individuals," according the early Beta 2 text. "Once permission for a document or message has been restricted with this technology, the access and usage restrictions are enforced no matter where the information is."
Microsoft is threading DRM throughout the Office 2003 suite, allowing restrictions to be set on Outlook mail messages, as well as on Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Using "permission templates," document authors can determine restriction policies to be applied to entire categories of documents, according to Microsofts site.