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)
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.
Marc Wenning commented
really need to the ability to create private channels within a team, having to create a new private team seems unnecessary and would add teams that really arent needed when they could just be a private channel.
The "try this instead" does not meet our needs. It is not useful for us to have to create a new group/Team for every sub-conversation when a private channel in an existing team would be much easier.
Agreed! This is really holding us back from completely utilising Teams.
We at the beginning of preparing a structure of the MS Teams in our organization, and private channels is crucial if we want to avoid needless multiplying of teams.
Provide us with ETA, please
Sven Dinglinger commented
Can you estimate when the release will be?
Diego Anguita commented
Other feature will be TODO integration... this is very util. Thanks
Cory Calderon commented
You should be able to have both open and private channels. Project teams usually consist of people at all levels of the organization (manager, supervisor, specialist, etc.). Some channels should remain private where private conversations, documents and files can be exchanged. For example, a Finance Channel might have people from the finance department sharing budget or compensation information.
You want that conversation happening on a MS Team, but not visible to all people and all stakeholders. If this feature was enabled, it would improve our MS Team adoption rate because employees are fearful that anything and everything is visible to all team members.
We are a company of 500 employees and 14 regional offices. MS Teams is critical, but with a few tweaks it can be our go-to standard for team management.
this is a key feature to manage the Teams structure, and prevent a lot of duplicates and inefficiency
Роман Панковский commented
Very very very neeeeeded!!!!
When initiating a meeting and choosing the channel, user still needs to specify who should be invited (from the team list). By default, all members of the channel should be invited and not all members of the team (since the channel seems to be a subset of the team) and there is no need to bug everyone in the team with channel-specific meetings.
Cécile MAYER commented
Hope the release will come soon, this is needed when you have a team with different areas of expertise: communications, administration, technical projects. You don't want to bother everyone with emails they are not concerned with
CHANDAN ESANAKULA commented
individual channels should be able to be made public or private closed, in case of private only access on invite from members is allowed.
ed hansberry commented
Allow us to put security at the channel level within Teams, so some info could be kept confidential by team members without having to create additional teams.
Kamel L commented
we're setting up teams, each team creates a specific channel for each project.
We need to invite guests, to allow them to get updates as the project goes on, and to get info from them.
The guests don't need to be part of the team, or to access to other channels whitin the team which invited them.
Yes, private channels are important. One use case is specific team members may be assigned to a client's project. There would be a channel built for this project but only those assigned to the project should be in the channel.
Arden Shackelford commented
I can't wait for this to be released! We're not even using this fully in my department, but this is a feature that is heavily requested!
Make Channels private and only accessible by invite. A Project Team doesn't need to view what each channel 'team' is doing. For example, the developers don't need to see the conversation by the QA team. They are both part of the General Project Team, but channels could be used as 'sub-teams'.
Henrik Nordtorp commented
Surprisingly few people voting in here! This is crucial to making Teams an enterprise solution and ensure only selected set of people has access to content
Awesome, thanks Suphatra! I'm looking forward to this feature. Also, thank you for providing consistent updates on this product.