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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

    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.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please let us know if this feature will likely be implemented in 2018 or not!

  • Lindsay Brenner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there any timeline that can be shared instead of the vague status updates? Many of us have to make business decisions based on this so a best guess would be helpful - even if it is something like "likely not within 2018"

  • John Kostenbader commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'll add my voice as well. Adding the guest feature was a giant leap forward but guest access without some restriction to channels is a problem for us. I'd really like an update on this release as well

  • Johnn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Check the previous updates (this is from November... 2017):

    Suphatra (Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Teams) responded · November 30, 2017

    Its been a while since my last update, so wanted to check in and let you know that this is well under way. We’re aiming for early next calendar year (2018) if development and testing go well. I’ll ping you again with a more exact ETA after the new year.

    Meanwhile, feel free to ping me on Twitter at @skprufo if you have any questions!


  • Ron Bouma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a feature that has been promised for a long time now. It’s about time that it’s being released, SharePoint already has this feature, so why does it take such a long time for this feature to become available in Teams?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    years are going by and you have not done it...
    What is going inside Microsoft company

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any date release for it
    we can not implement team until we can select who can join a channel

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Almost a year and counting. At some point you need to provide some information about what the actual ETA is or what the hold up is.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello from a dutch company.

    We are very excited when this feature will be released.
    Is there already some more information on when this is coming?

  • Zoltán Lehóczky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just an FYI for those thinking this means you can't configure access control: you can, but unlike with Slack where you do this per channel, here you do this per team (so, for a collection of channels).

  • Russell Myers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This was a Slack feature almost from day1. If you want wide-spread adoption of Teams, you need to put more resources in to making this feature available soon.... It's very disappointing to see that it's been on the roadmap for some time and we're still waiting whilst other 'features' that have little support or basis for development in terms of requests from users are being prioritised.

    Do you have an ETA?

    It's an essential, not nice to have!

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