Microsoft bans Slack in its workplaces, claims not secure enough

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Microsoft has reportedly banned its staff from using Slack, not only because they compete with their own Microsoft Teams, but also because of safety issues about the collaborative app

GeekWire, who first heard from Microsoft staff that Slack was not permitted to be used at work, monitored and obtained an inner list of banned and discouraged technology.

The list said the collaborative app is a competitor to Microsoft’s own products, among other software and internet services, but the primary reason it falls under the “prohibited” category is the inability to safeguard the secrets of the company.

“Slack Free, Slack Standard, and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP),” reads the app’s entry on Microsoft’s list. “Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft security requirements; however, we encourage use of Microsoft Teams rather than a competitive software.”

In addition to Slack, the Grammarly Grammar Checker and Kaspersky Security Software are other applications in the forbidden category. There’s also a “discouraged” category that includes Amazon Web Services, Google Docs, PagerDuty, and even GitHub, the hub and community for software development that Microsoft bought last year for $7.5 billion.

Amazon Web Services and the use of Google Docs would supposedly require ‘ company justification ‘ for the use of staff, while it was not suggested to use GitHub in relation to ‘ extremely private kinds of data or specification, specs or code. ‘

For security issues, Microsoft’s list of forbidden applications makes sense. But access to such applications can assist staff in the quickly developing tech sector to understand how to enhance their own products as compared to competitors.

However, GeekWire‘s grumblings among Microsoft staff that Slack is not permitted to be used, since the app is rich in features and has a smooth interface. In addition to many other capacities, the Tool provides tailored notifications, distinctive workspaces and links with third party applications. Microsoft teams offer most of this, but Slack staff are unwilling to change to another application for a long time.

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Anirudh Muley
Anirudh Muley
Anirudh is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Clickdotme. He does not like describing himself in the third-person and had a hard time coming up with these two sentences!
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