Microsoft has placed various apps in the prohibited category, including the likes of work collaboration app Slack, grammar checker Grammarly, and Kaspersky's security software.
In the discourage section, the list includes popular names like Amazon Web Services, Google Docs, PagerDuty and even the cloud version of GitHub, the software development hub that Microsoft acquired for $7.5 billion last year.
Move to discourage competition?
Though it looks like Microsoft is suppressing competitors on its home ground, the reason cited for the banning of Slack and other products is different.
In most of the cases, as the report notes, the company banned apps for the purpose of IT security and safeguarding its intellectual property.
This implies it considers these programs less secure for storing/handling information related to its business.
What Microsoft said while explaining the case of Slack