Microsoft has already banned the use of rival apps and services from Google and Amazon. Now it seems to have extended the list by adding a few early this month. According to a report being circulated internally by Microsoft, the Redmond giant has banned the use of apps such as the free version of slack among its employees.
This includes the use of Slack Free, Slack Standard, and Slack Plus versions as they do not provide proper security controls to protect the intellectual property of the software giant.
According to Microsoft’s internal report services such as Google Docs, Kaspersky Security Software usage, Amazon Web Services, the Cloud version of GitHub, PagerDuty, and Online AI Powered writing assistant Grammarly.
Instead, the company is encouraging its employees to use the services such as ‘Microsoft Teams’ which can later be integrated by Office 365 Apps along with calling & Meeting functionality.
Also if the employees have to use the services from Amazon Web Services and Google Docs then they need to give a business justification on how the services are superior to Microsoft Azure Cloud and Office 365.
As online writing assistant Grammarly has induced Office Add-on into its browser extension there is a high probability that it can offer access to Information Rights Management (IRM) to protect content within emails and documents.
Note- Slack recently announced its public trading debut with a $23 billion value. It is said to have over 90 million users with over 100,000 subscribers.
So, will Google and Amazon follow the same as retaliation…?