As it takes on Google and Slack, the head of Microsoft 365 says the company has a 'no compromise strategy,' especially in security (MSFT)


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  • On Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet Conference, Microsoft 365 corporate vice president Jared Spataro said the company is going after a "no-compromise strategy."
  • This means that Microsoft wants to have the best capabilities and best integrations, especially in security.
  • Currently, Microsoft 365 competes with Google's G Suite, Slack, Zoom, Box, and Dropbox.
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As Microsoft competes with Slack and Google's G Suite, Microsoft executive Jared Spataro says the company is taking a "no-compromise strategy."

That means being the best in everything Microsoft does, without resorting to any trade-offs, Spataro, the VP of Microsoft 365, explained on Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet Conference in San Francisco. And, he said, that's especially important when it comes to security. 

"We think we can be best-in-class and we think we can be best in integration. That has not been possible before, particularly in security," he said. 

Spataro says most of the competitors of the office software suite Microsoft 365 are "point players," which means they only focus on one area. This brings to mind the messaging and collaboration app Slack, the video conferencing app Zoom, and the online storage services Box and Dropbox. 

"They have gone after best-in-breed in a particular area, but we see this opportunity to actually do both and to really go after it and to make our investments in a way that matter," Spataro said.

Spataro says Microsoft can pull these different capabilities together while staying committed to investing in security for its devices, apps, and cloud services. 

"In each of the areas, we're trying to invest very deeply," Spataro said. "We are committed to being best-in-class. But in addition to those investments, we're also investing across those areas in a way that we think makes us very differentiated."

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