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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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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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  • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can anyone at Microsoft provide an update as to when private channels will be available? Why is this request for an ETA being ignored?

  • Douglas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to add my voice and request to set and allow individuals to have access at the channel level. We would like to use TEAMS for project management. Not everyone, for example, needs access to the commercial channel within the overall project channel list.

  • Jamie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a roadblock for our organization when thinking of using Teams in our office. Any update on the timeline?

  • Kamal Ibrahim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature is like a must-have basic feature, I can't believe Teams still doesn't have it after a couple years of requests from would-be users. What are users supposed to do?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello Microsoft Team,
    In our compagny we are waiting for this features in order to deploy it everywhere in all countries, more than 500 peoples are concerned, if in the next 1 month, we have no news about this features, i will be forced to move on with another solution.
    Thanks.

  • Anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature is like a must-have basic feature, I can't believe Teams still doesn't have it after a couple years of requests from would-be users. What are users supposed to do? Create a new team for every permutation of a conversation group within the actual team? That's too unwieldy. I'm at a crossroads too: started test-driving Slack and now am test-driving Teams. This makes Team a no-go.

  • Norman Garrett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm curious to understand the direction this is going. Would this support the following scenario: I have a Private Discoverable Team and I have a few channels I want to be open to the Organization and allow others to see updates and write on it. Or is this only going to be for this: I have a Public Team and there are a few channels I want to restrict who can see and write in them.

  • RK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Use case for us is we have a Team for our department but would like to have a private channel that excludes managers to encourage collaboration and "straight talk" within a safe space for those who may feel intimidated by a manager's presence.

  • Henry Lee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi. Looking to implement teams but this feature is a bit of roadblock. Looking at #slack now but before commiting, would be good to know approximate time when MS will implement this new feature. Anyone know? Are we talking weeks away or months?

  • PHIL FRANK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The range of options is important here. For our R&D Teams, my company needs to be able to see that certain other teams exist within the company thereby giving colleagues the opportunity to request access without automatically seeing everything within the Team.

  • Joe M commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am in the process of rolling out Teams company wide. We want to make a team for each customer and a channel for each product. We need to restrict access to the channels to certain external clients in each group. Please fix this!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on when this will go live - its surely and essential feature that is missing and needs implementing ASAP?

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