PC giant Microsoft has warned its employees not to use the popular chat app and its competitor Slack, and has turned it into one Added list of "forbidden and discouraged technologies" that do not include software and related services that employees work outside of specific circumstances, Geekwire reported on Friday.
Geekwire has received a copy of the prohibited and non-recommended list, where Slack is listed in the Forbidden section along with tools such as the grammar checker and the Kaspersky security software. The "Not recommended" section includes Amazon Web Services, Google Docs, and even Github cloud services, although the latter has been owned by Microsoft for about a year. Geekwire wrote that while the list quotes the rivalry between Microsoft and the developers of the other tools, the "Forbidden" section is specifically made up of software and services that could pose a threat to IT security or intellectual property.
Here's Slack, according to Geekwire, which states that all versions of Slack, except the Enterprise Grid version, "do not provide required controls" to protect Microsoft's IPs and employees. Microsoft advises employees to use the internally developed team software instead:
The Slack Free, Slack Standard, and Slack Plus versions do not provide necessary controls to properly protect Microsoft's intellectual property. Existing users of these solutions should migrate the chat history and files related to Microsoft Business to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams offers the same features and built-in Office 365 apps, as well as call and meeting features. Learn about the additional features that teams can provide to your workgroup. The Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft security requirements. However, we recommend using Microsoft teams instead of competing software.
The document also states that Amazon Web Services and Google Docs are competing directly with the Microsoft Azure cloud and Office 365, "So Geekwire, Grammar, a service that looks for errors in the written text and its browser Plug-in versions are prohibited "because they are capable of accessing information protected management (IRM) -protected content in emails and documents." Using Github is permitted under certain circumstances. Geekwire did not provide a detailed description of the ban on Kapersky services, but the rationale is obvious: In addition to competing with Microsoft security products, the Russian company alleged that its tools had compromised its security Giving Russian secret services access to backdoors.
Teams are relatively new and still have a long way to go, be before they could compete with Slack, who released a full-page ad in 2016 in the New York Times, in which Microsoft was greeted with some "friendly advice" in the chat app business. how to pay close attention to customer needs and maintain an open platform. However, teams are tightly integrated with Office 365, which is widely used in the corporate world. Slack is committed to the competition by providing better native Office 365 support for its products. However, Microsoft also introduced a free version of teams designed for small businesses that may become future Office 365 enterprise customers.
Slack admitted this earlier this year Microsoft was now the main competitor in filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, adding that companies such as Salesforce and Oracle could eventually launch their own offerings. In the meantime, however, things are going quite well: this week, it floated on the stock market by listing directly and estimating the value of its stock at an estimated US $ 23.1 billion instead of going public, well above the rating of 7, $ 1 billion as a private company.