Why would a tech giant like Microsoft stop its employees from using Slack, Google Docs, Grammarly, and a few other highly productive applications?
As of this week, Slack’s valuation grew to $19.47 billion.
As per GeekWire,
Microsoft has banned Slack, Google Docs, and Amazon Web Services.
The Company wants to safeguard its data.
That makes sense.
No questions there.
But given the fact that MS-owned GitHub doesn’t deliver on
data privacy that well, should MS be banning its workers
from using popular apps such as Slack and Google Docs?
We get it MS- you don’t want Google and Amazon to spy on you.
Wanna read an excerpt from
Microsoft’s internal document (courtesy Geekwire)?
Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP).
Existing users of these solutions should migrate chat history and files
related to Microsoft business to Microsoft Teams, which offers the same
features and integrated Office 365 apps, calling and meeting functionality.
Learn more about the additional features that Teams can provide your workgroup.
Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft security requirements;
however, we encourage use of Microsoft Teams rather than a competitive software.
Reading this post does not make you hate Microsoft.
After all, would you like your employees to use a competitor’s service?
But what about Grammarly?
We don’t see a logical reason why MS should be against Grammarly.