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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

        this could be a game changer - being able to invite students or staff to channels depending upon their needs is vital. This would stop us having to have separate teams to have private sections...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        isn't this just the same functionality as a sub site in SharePoint? it seems as though you can leverage the code from that to speed this improvement to Teams along. it makes me wonder if anything at all is [really] being done. does the different applications teams talk to each other to SHARE and COLLABORATE within Microsoft?! #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmm

      • Álvaro Reverte commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think it would be a very good idea to make the channels visible or not visible, at the owners' option. I especially see it for groups of the class type. It would allow to have each channel as a theme, which becomes visible as it is prepared, keeping hidden those that have not yet been seen in the course. It would be a space of "visible" "not visible" as in Moodle.
        Thank you.

      • Craig commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this would be very helpful to have, we are deploying teams to our staff and this is the first thing they ask for!! SUPER SUPER IMPORTANT!!!

      • Blah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We're still using Slack until Teams private channels are available...

      • Fabián Pertúz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why Microsoft takes so long to implement this, DiscordApp was the first thing he did.

        This function is becoming a headache, all the information of the company is waiting for much to come out. The entire organization will be structured based on this.

      • Mike Gendreau commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We get asked about permissions in Teams all the time! Private channels are a must! Please get this done. People hate having to create multiple teams when a simple private channel would get the job done.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "We’re aiming for early next calendar year (2018) if development and testing go well."

        Microsoft, November 2017.

        _________________________

        ?

      • Steve Plemmons commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are finding example after example where this would make Teams much more usable for us. It just doesn't makes sense most of the time to create another team to control permissions.

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Had to create multiple teams again today just to split out the managers of a certain team from the actual team. wouldn't have to have so many teams if we had private channels... :(

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "We’re aiming for early next calendar year (2018) if development and testing go well."

        Microsoft, November 2017.

        ___________________

        Did development and testing not go well?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Teams work toward a common goal...that much we all agree. But teams also produce outputs, and potentially iterate those outputs. Those outputs need to be shared with select colleagues in other teams so they can provide value. MSTeams currently has no way (that I can find) to reasonably setup the selective sharing or shared access to such outputs.
        Maybe private channels is the answer, or many just publishing folders to other teams for r/o access?

      • Josh King commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is such a common question there is a "Create a private channel" item on the Microsoft Teams help center with the answer: "We don't currently have private channels, but we're working on it. To keep things private in the meantime, you can create a new team and invite a more select audience."

        Microsoft Teams / Teams and channels / Work in channels / Create a private channel

        https://support.office.com/en-us/article/create-a-private-channel-in-teams-60ef929a-4d68-418b-bf4f-5784db184ec9?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

      • Jason commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just started our migration to Microsoft 365 and bashed right into this issue... our compliance person was NOT amused.

        Everything on hold until this is done.

      • Allen Price commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seems to me that the significant difference in votes between this and the 2nd most vote topic should tell Microsoft to hurry up on this.

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