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Support for Private Channels

Looking for the ability to create a channel that only channel members can see. Private channels are available in slack. There is an admin for private channels who is the creator, and they are the ones who add/remove users.

Five types of public/privacy that is being asked for by users:

- Public-Open (visible anywhere including outside the org and anyone can join)
- Public-Invitation (visible anywhere including outside the org, must be invited)
- Company-Open (only visible inside the org and anyone in the org can join; outside the org must be invited)
- Company-Invitation (only visible inside the org, must be invited)
- Secret (invisible to everyone except existing members, must be invited)

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Angela Sze shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

We acknowledge the customer demand for Private Channels and have been hard at work on it. Private Channels is currently in preview with a select group of customers. We expect to release the feature to the public later this Fall, and will update here when we are starting to roll out to all customers. We appreciate all the feedback you have provided to us on this forum and thank you for your patience.



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  • brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    awesome! Glad to hear that this is a feature that will be implemented soon. I'd be willing to add our enterprise environment in for testing as well!

  • John Shin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I need this private channel feature to migrate off from slack. Please add my enterprise on the beta group if possible.

  • Ishrat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Glad to see this update from Alex on 7/3. Wish the team good luck and looking forward to its release in the fall.

  • Lonnie Swaggerty commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I’m understanding more and more why this is very challenging for Microsoft to implement. The whole Teams infrastructure is tied to Office 365 Groups and SharePoint file directories/sites and, currently, permissions vary based on that. There’s also the integration with Planner and I realized this week I can create additional plans for a Team by creating a separate channel for that additional plan (this is the only way I know of how to do this at this time). And now we have channel moderation going live this month, as well. I am definitely looking forward to this functionality but I need this functionality done right so, at this point, I’m willing to wait until the fall.

  • Nick Boszhard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Will it also be possible to only add someone to a single channel? Or will everyone have access to the entire team and channels by default, except the private channels?

    It would be a nice feature if we are possible to only allow access to 1 single channel in a team.

    And will it be possible to convert existing channels to private channels?

  • Ashok Subedi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can somebody be when exactly my whole app is stuck waiting for this feature and also can we assign members to private channels through graph api

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I fear that this feature will require an E5 license. Microsoft, please make sure that you make this feature available for all Teams licenses. This feature has the most votes because almost everyone needs it to make Teams viable for their organization.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As Jorge notes below, this is the ONE thing that is holding up full scale adoption of MS Teams by a really large group of folks clamoring for it.

  • Jorge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Our company desperately needs this. as a MS Teams evangelist, this is a point where I could not convince anyone in the office to switch to Teams.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We'll see if this is actually going to be released "later this fall", but at this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if it was next year.

  • Michaelt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @alex We are in the same situation as Jean-Louis, we are looking in an investment in slack enterprise grid. Is it possible for you to expand your private preview with more customers or atleast inform us when it's going to be released. I would like to avoid to go to slack.

  • Jean-Louis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are at the point where we will be forced to invest in Slack Enterprise grid and not use teams, a function we are already paying for with O365. Its been important since Teams launched as yet to be released. I just have no words anymore on this, every time I engage I am told next Q, that was late 2017, its now mid 2019.

  • Cooper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Alex you killed us for this little paragraph! How are you going to calculate all these months we paid for Microsoft 365 Business and one of the main utilities we wanted to implement in our organization was not functional. So we couldn't use almost half of the service? What will happen to all these months we paid (at least part of the subscription fees) for nearly nothing?
    I hope you will consider some kind of credit to this sort of customers who patently waited for your progress.
    Thank you.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Finally some update from the developers. Thank you Microsoft!!! Hopefully this fall means this year.

    Really, really looking forward to this feature

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