Here's Softpedia's intro below, but read the whole piece for the real scoop.
The beauty of Active Directory Rights Management Services is the way it spans across a range of Microsoft products. Companies that leverage the Windows client, Windows Server, and the Office productivity suite, but also Exchange Server 2010 can also seamlessly take advantage of AD RMS in order to ensure that their data is safeguarded. Of course Windows Server is the core component, which provides Active Directory and the associated Rights Management capabilities.
With AD RMS, Microsoft is tending to the needs of companies that regard information protection as a security priority. Whether it comes down to mobile and remote worker scenarios, or whether contractors or other unauthorized users have to be kept from accessing sensitive files, or in the eventuality of leaks and data breaches, or simply to protect innovation and intellectual property, the software giant has worked to provide customers with a solution. Of course, AD RMS is only a part of the company’s information protection technology vision, but a key aspect which should be strongly considered by firms looking to protect sensitive information.
Microsoft’s latest product releases, from the second half of 2009, or scheduled to be launched in H1 2010, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and Office 2010 are all designed to let customers benefit from the evolution of AD RMS. I had the chance to send a few questions to Tony Trivison, an exceptional source of insight into Active Directory Rights Management Services, particularly via the AD RMS team blog.