A recently leaked document has revealed which services Microsoft either prohibits or discourages its employees from using.
The document containing the list was obtained by GeekWire and understandably, the list contains a significant number of competitors’ apps. The most prominent service included in the list is Slack along with Grammarly. While Slack’s inclusion isn’t particularly surprising, the list contains the cloud-version of GitHub as well as Kaspersky.
However, the company noted that its decision to exclude these services was based on the lack of security and functionalities. The company pointed out that Slack’s chat tools do not provide security measures to protect Microsoft’s intellectual properties. On the other hand, the company notes that Microsoft’s team provides similar functionalities. It wrote, “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 use of Microsoft Teams rather than a competitive software.”
Apart from this, the company has prohibited Grammarly because the add-in or browser extensions can access Microsoft’s IRM protected contents containing emails and sensitive documents. As for other popular services such as Google Docs and Amazon Web Services, the decision is purely business based.
While these inclusions aren’t surprising, Microsoft’s GitHub is also in the list which should raise some eyebrows. However, the company clarified that only the cloud version of GitHub is prohibited since highly confidential codes of information can be leaked through the service.