Wawu!!! So GreekWire reports that Microsoft has banned the use of the free version of Slack and blacklisted Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Docs as “Discouraged for Internal User” for its employees. Reason being that “Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP)”. Existing users of these solutions have been instructed to migrate their chat history and files related to Microsoft business to Microsoft Teams, which offers the same features rather than a competitive software.”
The use of AWS and Google Docs usage will “require a business justification” for employee use, and even Microsoft-owned GitHub is discouraged for “Highly Confidential types of information, specs or code.” Microsoft has also banned Grammarly inside the company, which is a writing and grammar-checking app that can monitor every keystroke.
Microsoft’s prohibited list makes a lot of sense for security-related matters, Microsoft has been competing with Slack aggressively by launching its free version of Teams to rival Slack and also unveiling creative new conference call features against its competitor “Slack”