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secureislandsMicrosoft Azure is preparing to launch a new cloud service to help keep sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands, taking advantage of technology acquired by the Redmond tech giant through its purchase of the Secure Islands data protection company last year.

The new Azure Information Protection service, announced this morning, combines technology from Secure Islands with the existing Microsoft Azure Rights Management service to classify and protect data across Windows, Android and iOS devices.

The service, which integrates with Office and other apps, lets companies set data policies or give users the ability set different levels of security for specific documents and data sets.

A preview of the Azure Information Protection service is set to launch next month, and Microsoft says pricing and purchasing information will be available when the new service reaches general availability later this year.

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