Microsoft has currently blocked its employees from using the free version of Slack. The company is reported to have taken this step due to security issues.
The company has also made a list of services and software that are prohibited for its employees to use. This also includes Google Docs and Amazon Web Services. As reported by Verge on Saturday, the company is discouraging its employees from using the services of the giant companies.
According to the company:
“Slack free, Slack standard and Slack plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP)”
and hence it advises that staff should use its internally developed software instead.’
“Existing users of these solutions should migrate chat history and files related to Microsoft business to Microsoft teams, which offers the same features and integrated Office 365 apps, calling and meeting functionality.”
“Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft security requirements, however, we encourage the use of Microsoft teams rather than a competitive software.”
Microsoft is competing against Slack. The messaging service has recently launched integrations and apps for Slack and Office 365 in order to bridge the gap. The company has also introduced its free version of Teams in order to compete aggressively with Slack earlier this year.
According to the document, Google Docs and Amazon Web Services are directly in competition with Microsoft’s Azure cloud and Office 365. They have discouraged their employees to use these services and requires a business justification.
Other than this software, the company has also put a banned on Grammarly because the office add-in and browser extensions cannot be used on the Microsoft network. That’s because they are able to gain Information Rights Management protected content within documents and emails.
Even GitHub’s cloud version is also discouraged by the company for security reasons. This is mainly done for highly secretive types of specs, information or code.
Microsoft has prohibited the use of all these apps and software for security reasons. Employees are encouraged to use in-house software for their work.
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