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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

        Great summary.

        Feb 2017: Private Channels is on it’s way
        Mar 2017: Private Teams launched
        Apr 2017: OK, you still need Private Channels
        Jun 2017: Under review
        Sep 2017: It’s complicated
        Oct 2017: Lots of resources on this. Actively working on it. Top priority feature. Complicated, so probably not in the next month.
        Nov 2017: We are aiming for early next year (2018)
        Jan 2018: Actively being worked upon. Aiming for early this calendar year (2018)
        Feb 2018: Still aiming for early this calendar year (2018)
        Mar 2018: Still in the works
        Jun 2018: Still in the works. Working hard
        Aug 2018: Still actively being worked upon

      • John Hibbs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        hopefully it will look a lot like Discord where they have roles, and certain roles do or dont have access to channels / files.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Unfortunately the work around stores the files in One drive and not in Sharepoint, which means that if the One drive is deleted, the data is held and shared is lost ;-(

      • Roy F commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Workaround (while we wait): Create a named group chat; you can't add tabs, as you can for a channel, but you have tabs for Conversation and Files, which might be "good enough" for many instances.

        Name a group chat in Teams: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/name-a-group-chat-in-teams-c2172f07-9c05-4591-b344-1b86238fea4d

        Note: I reposted this workaround to include mention of the Files tab and add a link to instructions on naming a group chat.

      • Robert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So to summarize:

        Feb 2017: Private Channels is on it’s way
        Mar 2017: Private Teams launched
        Apr 2017: OK, you still need Private Channels
        Jun 2017: Under review
        Sep 2017: It’s complicated
        Oct 2017: Lots of resources on this. Actively working on it. Top priority feature. Complicated, so probably not in the next month.
        Nov 2017: We are aiming for early next year (2018)
        Jan 2018: Actively being worked upon. Aiming for early this calendar year (2018)
        Feb 2018: Still aiming for early this calendar year (2018)
        Mar 2018: Still in the works
        Jun 2018: Still in the works. Working hard
        Aug 2018: Still actively being worked upon

        It's getting VERY hard to have people in my organization keep believing what I tell them about this MUCH NEEDED feature in MS Teams!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am looking for the ability to assign a subset of a Team users to a channel.
        This is essential! Thanks!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have users who would like to have a select set of users within the larger team. This feature has to be implemented.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was just asked today about this, very much needed in our company unless we want to create multiple teams for the one project, which is not ideal.

      • Charlie Benbow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Private teams is not sufficient. We also need to be able to control access down to channels as well. Please provide an ETA for this feature.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any ETA on this? I got 1100 slack users which we want to adopt teams because of our recently O365 engagement, however without controlling access to channels they will not adopt.

      • PG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really need this feature added for collaboration on sensitive items.

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