Microsoft bans its employees from using Slack, Google Docs including others: Reports

As we all know that it is quite inconvenient to keep your company’s data safe when you have to put all the conversations, projects, and hard work in the hands of your competitors. To make sure that Microsoft’s competitors are prohibited from looking behind the confidential details of the company, the Windows maker has created a list of online services that it will not be allowing its workforce to use, according to reports.

The names that Microsoft has embedded into a list consist of many familiar services for most modern professionals. These include Slack, Google Docs, and Amazon Web Services (among others).

Though most of the names provided in the list are pretty much popular for the services that they are providing for easy communication between employees and data storing and sharing, Microsoft is making sure that everyone in the company is keeping confidential information using its own programs thereby taking no risks.

But there are reports that even in house programs of Microsoft are not safe, and one of them include GitHub which is also off limits.

Here’s an excerpt that GeekWire provided from Microsoft’s internal document with regard to Slack:

“Slack Free, Slack Standard, and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP) properly. 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. Learn more about the additional features that Teams can provide your workgroup. Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft security requirements; however, we encourage the use of Microsoft Teams rather than a competitive software”.

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