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    Office 2003 % IRM (2003)

    If I buy Office 2003, for IRM, for a home computer, what will it do for me ? Is Server 2003 REQUIRED to use IRM ? What happens if I create a file and pass it on to someone who doesn't have Office 2003 ? Can I protect it at all ? What if my laptop was part of a Server 2003 enviroment, but I created a file while out of the office and passed it on to some-one via sneaker-net ? What if I was part of an Server 2003 enviroment, but passed it on to someone running (say) Office '97. What I want to be able to do is create files with use-by dates to pass on regardless of the receiptents version of Office.

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    Re: Office 2003 % IRM (2003)

    the IRM issue remains a bit of an unknown quantity; although it was originally promised to us a number of months ago. AFAIK we are talking about a server only environment with no backward compatibility. Given that, it appears that, unfortunately, it will be unlikely to meet your requirements.
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    Re: Office 2003 % IRM (2003)

    Here are a few links on IRM in Office and Windows Server 2003--I don't know details about availabiilty and timing. You will be able to protect the document if the recipient doesn't have Office 2003 and they'll be able to download a viewer from the Office site to view within the time parameters and permission levels you set. Others will be able to view but not copy for a designated time period. As in the military, it can be cracked, but it's designed to make this considerably more difficult. IRM implementation is divided among 3 components: Windows Server 2003 has Rights Management Services released November 8. 2003. See also Windows Rights Management Services Doc Download and MS Windows Server 2003 Rights Management Site. Also IRM client applications will be developed.

    The client libraries will be a set of DLLs installed on each client computer. These DLLs will communicate with the rights-management server to get licenses for accessing specific content and will handle encryption and decryption of data flow between client and server. Exchange server isn't involved in the protection process because messages are protected before they leave a client's Outlook session and remain protected while stored on Exchange. People administering Exchange Servers will need a Windows 2003 System for the IRM rights management server and you'll need to run Windows 2000 or later to support Outlook 2003. Links on IRM:

    About IRM MS Office Site
    HR confidential: How can rights management help?
    Technet: Information Rights Management in Microsoft Office 2003
    MS Reveals Rights Management Specifics: Microsoft Watch
    Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows Rights Management Services For Windows Server 2003
    Information Rights Management in Microsoft Office 2003 Transform Research Library Papers
    Comdex White Papers IRM MOS 2003
    Wall Street and Technology Online White Papers IRM MOS 2003

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    Re: Office 2003 % IRM (2003)

    As long as you're doing all that research, would you mind posting a protected document? You can use the <!t>[hide]<!/t> and <!t>[/hide]<!/t> tag pair to hide the password while we, uh, test its security. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Office 2003 % IRM (2003)

    I'm working on it.
    Windows Rights Management--conspiracy or customer value?
    Microsoft Seeks XML Related Patents
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