Ability to archive channels
Would be nice if we had the ability to archive channels. For example: we created a channel for a specific project. Once the project is complete, we can archive that channel or at least move it out of the primary view. I could see the channel list getting large and clunky quickly with multiple projects many of which are complete.
Also, when a conversation in the channel is complete it should be archived or hidden.
We are still considering this feature for future releases, and will continue to update the status when it changes.
We really need this capability. In our case we have teams that serve a business purpose. For example the HR team has a channel called "Special HR Software" When we no longer use that software we need to archive the channel (in case we need to refer back to it).
The team is still important, the other channels are still required but the old team, while no longer used day-to-day may have valuable information to refer back to.
i'm often asked 'how can we save the conversations/posts' from our channel. We want to delete it but don't want to lose the conversation history so having the ability to archive it (or at the very least export the conversation to a document) would be very much welcome!
Josef Lahmer commented
I saw a great solution for this -
very easy and intuitive
Wir brauchen das Feature auch unbedingt. Bei uns sind Channels einzelne Projekte und da müssen diese nach Abschluß archiviert werden können und nicht nur das ganze Team. Vielen Dank. Steffen
This is a basic function and I'm shocked it's on backlog given that the original request was made in 2016. So we have to delete project-specific channels and lose their history instead of just being able to archive them? This makes no sense business-wise; I would love to see a roadmap for 2020 to see what you're prioritizing over such a fundamental feature.
Without the ability to archive a channel, we can't fully utilize Teams. We must keep our work for auditing / reference purposes so we often end up using legacy SharePoint 2016 to collaborate instead of using Teams.
Shawn Fielding commented
Pretty sure uservoice is nothing more than an echobox at this point.
This is a big enough reason for me to recommend a different platform to my company and clients, particularly as you haven't responded to what your users need.
Barrett Buss commented
Cleaning up and re-organizing our main Teams for the new year and this ability is a must-have. We don't want to lose the project knowledge we had, but don't want 2019 project channels gumming up the Team.
Nearly 10K votes, In the "Planning" nearly 3 years ago, and now been on the backburner for over a year.....
Granted it's not easy to code BUT for any business or group they need to archive data. It's such a basic required concept!
Why on earth after this amount of time is it on the backburner? It should have been done and implemented years ago. Can Microsoft not afford enough programmers?!
More to the point why not actually survey your Teams users on what WE want rather than what you think we want?
Will be great to have it as soon as possible. Looking for a while for a solution. Exactly what we need.
Johannes S. commented
This feature is what we´re looking for a long time as well. Would be awesome if that could be implemented. Also moving channels between Teams would be helpful.
Morris Zwick commented
Particularly for something like an account or sales Team, where channels are distinct opportunities, having the ability to archive a channel without affecting the overall team would be quite helpful. This way everything about an account can stay whole, but the Team does not become overwhelmed with channels that are no longer active (although through archive we could still fetch information from these older efforts).
John Showell commented
Would have used this feature but noting that there is no archiving provision, we can't use it :(
Any update on the ability to archive a channel? To me, and my application, to be able to archive a Team but not a Channel, doesn't make sense.
Ignace Jacobs commented
This is definitely a must have feature.
As we use Channel primarily for projects, the list has become cluttered with completed projects.
The workaround we have put in place, renaming the channel putting an X in front of the description, is a poor substitute to a real archiving option.
Tracy Ellis commented
Has any headway been made in this regard?
Hi folks - checkout the Pinned Channels feature detailed here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-New-in-Microsoft-Teams-Microsoft-Ignite-2019/ba-p/937025. Pinned Channels allows users to keep important channels at the top of your teams list for easy access. This capability will be available later this year.
Seems like a solution is being rolled out soon