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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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  • Marco commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    2 years of requests and this feature it is still not available!? This is really mental guys! I am seriously considering to suggest my entire group to move onto another platform! I can't create billions teams to give access to different people. This is the opposite definition of business! Nonsense! You should release it now even in beta! Look at how many customers are upset with it!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Having a hard time debating with those who insist Slack is better. The main argument is this feature! My company may have no choice but to switch because of this missing capability.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We also need this funktion, some users beginn with slack because lack of function

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Update on this one please? I assume it's ready to go? You said Early 2018...

    We're almost a quarter of the way through.

  • Andrew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For new product development where we interact with other departments, this is CRITICAL. Thank you for the programmers that get this done!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    basically what i'm looking for is we have 4 subchannels of our main support one. the 4 subs are basically mentoring teams, we'd like to be able to not have cross talk and keep people in their own teams. we can't do that at the moment. so its sort of like a private invite only channel.

  • MP commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Guess I missed the survey, but yes please implement this. This hole in the Teams functionality makes the app relatively useless in my organization - plug that one hole and we can deploy Teams as needed.

  • Peter McDermott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This shortcoming is deterring people in my organization from adopting the tool and causing them to seek alternatives. It must be addressed as a top priority. I'm evangelizing this product, but it isn't delivering on a core need.

  • Sean Carver commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hey Microsoft, I was just reviewing some of your training videos, and I found something intriguing in this "Onboard your teams" video: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/video-onboard-your-teams-702a2977-e662-4038-bef5-bdf8ee47b17b?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US#ID0EAABAAA=Transcript

    Starting around 1:10, it's explaining Channels, and on the screen it shows a "People" column, which looks to be indicating the # of people in each channel? This hints at exactly the kind of functionality we need, to include/exclude people from various channels.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sorry I missed the survey, disappointing not to have this capability. Can't wait to see it implemented. Now we have been forced to multiple teams - will there be a way to combine teams that we've been forced to add and move them to channels without losing all the history, files, etc?

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