Microsoft discourages staff from using Slack, AWS, Google Docs, and GitHub Cloud
6 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 11 votes

  • Slack is on the “prohibited” category of the internal Microsoft list, along with tools such as the Grammarly grammar checker and Kaspersky security software. -
  • Services in the “discouraged” category include Amazon Web Services, Google Docs, PagerDuty and even the cloud version of GitHub. -
  • "Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP)," Microsoft said -
  • It adds that Slack Enterprise Grid is more acceptable, but that it really would rather its staff used Teams that what it calls "competitive software". -

kyle - 6 months, 3 weeks ago
I think there are a few good reasons for them to do this:
1. Although I find it unlikely that competitors would try to steal confidential info from Microsoft I can understand why they would rather play it safe and keep everything on their own servers.
2. By forcing Microsoft employees to dog food products they may improve.

The one decision that I'm surprised by is that they discourage use of GitHub (which Microsoft owns).


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