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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.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We need the ability to archive channels and archive selective conversation content within channels.

  • Malay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is vital to have this feature since many customers are looking forward to have this functionality. I agree with many comments out here. It would also be great if this functionality would be extended with Graph API support so that not only from UI but also can be accomplished via code.

  • Michael commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So within a channel, most of the content is stored elsewhere so I get the temptation to leave it as on the backlog however in many cases we want to "close" the channel so it disappears from view so that larger teams don't get clogged up. If you added the ability to assign a status to the channel that might also work.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Archiving Channels is something that makes sense for temporary projects.
    This is an important feature to keep channels and teams manageable in the long run.

  • Patrick Szalapski commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Without this, our list of channels gets out of control and adoption of Teams goes down as people can't deal with so many channels, even if they are dormant.

  • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When the vote reaches 8000, will it be implemented? Or do we have to wait until it gets to 10,000?

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are starting move some workflows away from Teams because we can’t archive completed projects or previous initiatives. It is a shame because it was nice to do everything in one spot. But it isn’t manageable.

  • ITS commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What @Matt Jones said... plus please do it, this has been years now for a very important feature

  • Ohama commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We need to archive the conversations as our knowledge, searching by text or term.

  • Matt Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature is essential for widespread adoption to prevent channel 'sprawl' and to enhance the longevity of the Team. With us saving files in SharePoint amongst the different channels, we want the option to 'archive' the channel so that the files aren't lost, but the channel doesn't show in the channel list or top level 'Documents' folder in SharePoint.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    on the backlog · Warren responded · Aug 6, 2018 This is a feature that would really make using Teams ssoooo much better. It's coming up on a year that it has been 'on the backlog'. Is it coming 'off of the backlog' anytime soon?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My marketing team's Team is overflowing with channels. This is a desperately needed feature for marketing teams that run multiple campaigns and for anyone else using Teams to manage projects.

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