Microsoft has reportedly sent a message to its employees denying use of a number of products, including Amazon and Google competing products.
According to a report by GeekWire, Microsoft has banned Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus. At the same time, the use of Amazon Web Services and Google Docs is prevented.
GitHub should no longer be used for "strictly confidential types of information, specifications or code", while grammar is completely prohibited. Grammar is a grammar and spelling checker that analyzes the input text to identify potential problems.
While at first glance the impression arises that Microsoft is acting against competing products to promote its own products, the company claims to ban some solutions and to recommend others is a security matter.
Microsoft states in the note that the security issues in these products may reveal confidential information. This is the main reason why employees should use Microsoft solutions such as teams and the alternatives available. [1
"Existing users of these solutions should migrate their chat history and files related to Microsoft Business Microsoft Teams offers the same features and built-in Office 365 apps, call and meeting capabilities, and more about the extra features your workgroup teams have to offer The Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft's security requirements, but we recommend using Microsoft teams instead of competing software. "
Grammar, in particular, can access sensitive content that employees include in their emails Microsoft warns in the internal note.
"The Grammar Office Add-in and Browser Extensions should not be used on the Microsoft network because they can be found in emails and documents through Information Rights Management (http://www.microsoft.com/). IRM) protected content ", according to the software
No official statement has been made However, this is to be expected as the above changes are part of an internal policy.