The Information Rights Management Service is a free trial service offered by Microsoft® for creating and opening content (documents and e-mail messages) with restricted permission. This service is available for all users with Microsoft .NET Passport accounts who want to create content with restricted permission and share this content with other people who have .NET Passport accounts.
Why would I use this service?
Microsoft Office 2003 users need access to a rights management server to create or open content with restricted permission. You may want to use this free trial service if you or your organization doesn't have its own rights management server. Even if you or your organization has a rights management server, you may want to use this service to share content with restricted permission with those people who don't have access to your rights management server.
Will the trial service end at some time?
Microsoft may decide to end the free trial service. Before the trial service ends, however, Microsoft Office will notify you that the trial service is about to end and that your account is about to expire. Your content with restricted permission will be available to you for three months after the trial service has ended. Additionally, those people you have shared content with will have access to the documents or messages with restricted permission for three months after the trial service has ended, as long as their .NET Passport accounts remain active.
Trial offers A Trial is a limited no-charge subscription to the Service. When the trial period ends, you are prompted to convert the Trial to a paid subscription. If you do not want a paid subscription after the trial period ends, you should discontinue using the Service. For more information, see Microsoft Information Rights Management Services Service Agreement & Privacy Statement.
Why do I have to use .NET Passport?
How do I get a .NET Passport?
If you have a Hotmail® or an MSN® e-mail account, or if you registered another e-mail address with .NET Passport, you already have a .NET Passport. For more information about how to register with .NET Passport, go to .NET Passport Member Services and click Help.