Microsoft bans employees from using Slack, rival of its Teams
- Feb 17, 2020
The more than 100,000 Microsoft employees are prohibited from using Slack, an internal communication utility for groups and companies. The company has a rival called Teams and swears that that's not why it's banning the app - but for security reasons.
We encourage using Team instead of competing software, says internal Microsoft memo
According to GeekWire, an internal statement says the following: “the free and standard versions of Slack, in addition to Slack Plus, do not provide the controls necessary to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property. Existing users of these solutions should migrate their chat history and business-related files to Microsoft Teams, which offers the same integrated features and applications as Office 365, including calling and video conferencing functionality. ”
The full edition of Slack, however, is "up to date", but Microsoft still "encourages" the use of Teams. “Learn about the additional resources Teams can provide to your workgroup. The version of Slack Enterprise Grid complies with Microsoft security requirements; however, we encourage using Teams instead of competing software. ”
Amazon Web Services, Google Docs and others are also in the crosshairs
The "discouragement" of using applications from rival companies hits other famous utilities, such as the clouds of Amazon Web Services and Google Docs. Both require "corporate justifications" to be used and even GitHub, which is from Microsoft, is not advisable because it has "types of highly confidential information, such as specifications and codes".
Grammarly is another one on the banned list. "Grammarly Office add-on and browser extensions should not be used on the Microsoft network because they can access content protected by Information Rights Management (IRM) in emails and documents," says the Redmond giant, in your internal memo.