Just as Slack appeared on the stock market, a big company didn't allow employees to use the corporate collaboration and chat application in their daily work.
Microsoft has banned more than 100,000 employees from using the free version of Slack. IT foreign media GeekWire reports that Microsoft prohibits employees from using a range of applications and services, and even AWS and Google Docs are "blocked" within the company. However, the main reason for blocking Slack is not the Teams collaboration application that Microsoft competes with. According to reports, Microsoft is mainly concerned about the security issues of Slack Free and Slack Plus. The internal statement describes the situation:
“Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus do not provide the controls necessary to properly protect Microsoft's intellectual property (IP). Existing users of these solutions should migrate their chat history and files related to Microsoft business to Microsoft Teams, which provides the same features, integrated Office 365 applications, calls and conferencing. Learn more about other features that Teams can provide for your workgroup. The Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft's security requirements; however, we encourage the use of Microsoft Teams instead of competing software. ”
This means that employees can use Slack Enterprise Grid, but given the cost involved, most of Microsoft's teams are much more likely to use the preferred Microsoft Teams solution. Microsoft's internal statement shows that if employees want to use AWS and Google Docs, & ldquo; need to prove that it is really out of work needs. AWS competes with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, and Google Docs competes with Office 365.
GitHub appears on the "Block" list may be the most unexpected, after all, Microsoft has this code repository. However, GitHub is not completely blocked. Microsoft reminds employees not to use the cloud version of GitHub for "highly confidential information, specifications or code". The on-premises version of GitHub does not appear on the block list.
Microsoft also banned the company's internal use of Grammarly, a writing and grammar checking application that monitors every keystroke. “Grammarly Office attachments and browser extensions should not be used on the Microsoft network because they have access to content rights management (IRM) protected content in emails and documents. ” Microsoft cautions that this could lead to the disclosure of sensitive data, and specifically pointed out that Microsoft security is evaluating what can be done so that the technology can be used safely within the company.
From a security perspective, Microsoft's ban list is necessary, but employees still need to use these competitive services to promote their products and understand the broader market. This will be an important part of any justification for accessing services such as AWS or Google Docs.
Microsoft has been actively competing with Slack, but Slack's messaging service recently introduced the corresponding applications and the integration of Slack and Office 365 to close the gap. Earlier this year, Microsoft released a free version of Teams shortly after the release of the novel teleconferencing feature.