Microsoft Bans Employees From Using Slack, Has AWS and Google Docs on a ‘Discouraged’ List

Microsoft Bans Employees From Using Slack, Has AWS and Google Docs on a ‘Discouraged’ List

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PC giant Microsoft has notified its personnel not to use popular chat app and competitor Slack, adding it to a list of “restricted and dissuaded innovation” consisted of software and services that it does not desire workers using outside of specific situations, Geekwire reported on Friday

Geekwire obtained a copy of the restricted and prevented list, which lists Slack in the “restricted” section “in addition to tools such as the Grammarly grammar checker and Kaspersky security software application.” The “dissuaded” section consists of Amazon Web Provider, Google Docs, and even Github cloud services, in spite of the latter company being owned by Microsoft considering that roughly a year ago Geekwire wrote that while the list does cite the competitive competition in between Microsoft and the other tools’ developers, the “forbidden” area particularly consists of software and services that could posture an IT security or copyright management risk.

Here’s the entry on Slack, per Geekwire, which states that all variations of Slack but the Business Grid variation “do not supply required controls” to secure Microsoft’s IPs and workers. Microsoft recommends that staff should use its internally established Groups software application rather:

Slack Free, Slack Requirement and Slack Plus versions do not provide necessary controls to appropriately safeguard Microsoft Intellectual Home (IP). Existing users of these services need to migrate chat history and files related to Microsoft service to Microsoft Teams, which uses the same features and incorporated Office 365 apps, calling and fulfilling functionality. Find out more about the extra functions that Teams can supply your workgroup. Slack Business Grid variation adheres to Microsoft security requirements; however, we motivate usage of Microsoft Teams instead of a competitive software.

The document likewise specifies Amazon Web Providers and Google Docs contend directly with Microsoft’s Azure cloud and Office 365 respectively and are “dissuaded for use” and “need an organisation validation,” according to Geekwire. Grammarly, a service that look for mistakes in composed text, and its internet browser plug-in version are forbidden “because they are able to gain access to Information Rights Management (IRM) secured content within emails and documents.” Usage of Github is permitted under some circumstances but use is cautioned versus “for Highly Confidential types of information, specs or code.”

Geekwire did not include a detailed description of the restriction on Kapersky services, but the reasoning there is apparent: In addition to taking on Microsoft security items, the Russian business has actually been under a cloud of scrutiny amid claims its tools gave backdoor access to Russian intelligence services.

Teams is relatively brand-new and has a long method to precede it can contend with Slack, which secured a full-page ad in the New York Times in 2016 inviting Microsoft to the chat-app service with some “friendly guidance” like paying attention to customer needs and keeping an open platform. Groups is, nevertheless, firmly integrated with Office 365, which is extensively utilized in the business world Slack has transferred to contend by building better native Workplace 365 support into its products, though Microsoft has actually likewise introduced a free version of Groups designed for small companies that might become future Workplace 365 business clients.

Previously this year, Slack acknowledged that Microsoft was now its main rival in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, adding that companies like Salesforce and Oracle might eventually introduce their own offerings. In the meantime, though, it’s doing quite well: Today it went public through a direct listing rather of an initial public offering, sending its stock’s value to an estimated $231 billion, well above its $7.1 billion valuation as a personal company.


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