Windows 10 Build 15002 includes Windows Information Protection improvements

Microsoft today released Windows 10 Build 15002 for Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring with lots of new features. Apart from the long list of consumer-focused features, Microsoft has also included improvements to Windows Information Protection feature. Windows Information Protection helps organizations to identify personal and business information, determine which apps have access to it, and provide the basic controls necessary to determine what users are able to do with business data (e.g.: Copy and Paste restrictions).

Some enterprise customers have found that saving Work files to a removable drive would prevent them from accessing the files on a different device due to encryption. In Windows 10 Build 15002, Microsoft has added a prompt to let you choose what you want to do in this case, which should make it easier to transfer work files to a removable drive:

  • When copying Windows Information Protection (WIP) encrypted files to a removable drive, we now ask if you want to keep your files as Work, convert them to Personal, or cancel the copy operation.
  • When saving Windows Information Protection (WIP) encrypted files to a removable drive, we now ask if you want to keep your files as Work, convert them as Personal, or save to a different location.

In the current Windows 10 builds, WIP displays a warning message when opening work files in un-allowed applications. With this latest build, when opening WIP files in un-allowed applications, Windows now informs the customer that the file is a work file and cannot be converted to personal in un-allowed applications.

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