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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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      • JJ Gunn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This shouldn't be a huge deal. When someone creates a channel under the team, simply ask to add entire team or select members only. Just like Slack. Resolved!

      • Ivanmor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cant wait for this - in a web world - we have external people / employees or contractors and we need them to be seperate! Thanks!

      • Antony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Me and a colleague were just chatting about the need for this very thing. Great to see that so many people have requested and that its currently under review.

      • Cris Crane commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I check this everyday for updates, as this feature is the last one needed before we could deploy it for our company.

      • Ajit Singh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Private" Channels is essential for using Teams in mid to large enterprises. Looking forward to using it once implemented.
        a desperately needed idea.

      • Oralando Samuels commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be a welcome feature on my end as well. As we have 200 people in the office Teams that was deployed but there are some channels we would like to make private instead of rolling out a new team for just the people interested in that channel.

      • Sheldon Kelly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wonderful!!! Looking forward to the updates and eventual implementation and availability of Private Channels

      • Tim Goalen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great news to see this is changed to Under Review, Suphatra... this will be a great feature to have on Teams

      • Mitch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Brett's statement about new namespaces is super, and all; however, there is a pretty big issue.

        Our PMO used to rely on site mailboxes within PWA. In the meantime, Microsoft thought it would be swell to force everyone to use Groups. Guess what? Now, there is an Office Group created for _each_ project, which is totally separate from the project site within pwa. The guy has so many groups listed in Outlook, I'm surprised it hasn't just refused to load anymore.

        The point being: if the PMO is being forced to move away from what was a fairly elegant solution to something as discombobulated and friction-inducing as having separate Groups/Teams for each project, he may have to evaluate a different project management solution.

        Having private channels _might_ help alleviate some of that friction, having a single Project Management Group/Team with channels dedicated to each project. It still doesn't solve the problem created by Microsoft by 'easing use' of SharePoint and PWA. The fact that every few months, businesses have to reevaluate (read completely abandon) their processes, because Microsoft has decided in its agile wisdom to upend tools leads me to believe that either they are not listening or do not care.

        You can't stay the 'standard office solution' behaving this way.

      • Bobby commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank for the update and for the hard work going into making this happen @suphatra!

      • Yan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Add an access and authorization function into different channel. That mean, the administrator could set which group member could see the information from which channel.

        It is really helpful, that even in one group there are also different channel and different topic need to be discussed with different members.


      • c b commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft... this is one of your newest projects.. how could you have made it so big and bloated already where making a change like adding Private rooms is hard to do?

        And why do you insist on ignoring what the community asks for, making up your own interpretations? It is comical watching this.

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