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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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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Stupid me! I thought this was a basic feature... Well, never expect to see this feature requested for 2 year without been resolve.

      • Robert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Secure Private Channels – coming later this year – allow you to limit which team members can see the associated conversation and content within that channel. You can right-size channel participation and exposure without having to create discrete teams to limit visibility. This is one of our top requested features and we’re excited to be actively testing this internally and with select customers."

        Source: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-new-in-Microsoft-Teams-the-Enterprise-Connect-feature/ba-p/376255

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It seems "Customised Backgrounds" is a feature more in line with MS strategy these days...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As Daniel CD mentioned below, Microsoft just announced that this feature is coming later this year. Couldn't they address us here in UserVoice first prior to broadcasting a vague timeline to the masses? WTH?

      • Derek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft: Just say you can't do it, close this suggestion and move on.

      • Adam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a great suggestion to help work with external Microsoft Teams members when working with multiple organizations. Thank you

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am working on multiple projects for my organization. I created few channels under my management group team so that they can access to project updates in single platform. However, I need to grant access for different team members to access different Channels. Currently the access can only be granted at Group level which is a limitation. Please help to enhance this asap..

      • Guylaine Drolet commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We started using Teams at work and I'm currently on a project where I have to present whether Teams or Slack is a better tool to be used. I have to admit that Teams is losing by a margin because of this and I'd really liked for my office tools to stay connected to it and also have the possibility to use Atlassian tools as well... Do we possibly have any kind of udate on this?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Perhaps the real truth is that this is just a very poorly designed application and can't be modified to provide what I would have thought would be an entirely obvious requirement from the start?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The fact that Microsoft apparently thought that their first offering of private teams instead of access control over channels would meet the requirement indicates that they have never actually understood the structural requirement in the first place, so have no interest in pursuing this, or even if they are, have very likely gone off on a complete tangent and will eventually come back with something that completely misses the boat anyway.

        I've been asked to investigate and suggest a restructure of our Teams environment because its just become an unholy mess, which I suspect is exactly everyone else's problem too.

        Considering that this feature is exactly what I was hunting for, only to discover Microsoft have been bumbling along for over two years without coming close to resolving this indicates to me that in our case we should be ditching Teams as a platform and looking at alternatives instead.

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? This comes up almost every day. I could do what I need if only I could use private channels. Is this turning into a Vaporware feature? We were told it should be released early in 2018. That came and went and we've gotten no update since they other that "we're working on it". Can you please give us some information so what have some hope it will come out at some point? I've had to create dozens of teams simply because I can't subdivide the teams I already have. This is making our Teams environment a huge mess. Give us something. Anything.

      • Anggiar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What's better than Microsoft Team chat/team pane?

        SoundCloud comments. It's sleek, simple and fast.

        God they did it better than Microsoft. I wish I have that on Ms. Teams.

      • MS_GURU commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        > 18,000 votes and no real action as far as we can see. Where is this getting stuck and why? I think Microsoft has some form of obligation to inform the customers.

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