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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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Cory shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
on the backlog  ·  Warren responded  · 

Unfortunately due to re-prioritization this item has slipped back onto the “backlog” for the time being.

I hope to see it move back into “working on it” soon and will continue to engage the feature team with your feedback.
-Warren

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  • Matt Harris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Welcome to the page.

    You're one of many many many people would love to see this feature to fulfill a business need. Unfortunately, Microsoft appear to be doing other 'nice to have' things teams people have not asked for.

    We have been asking for months to get an update for Microsoft but they never reply.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Our organization would also like to be able to archive channels. As described by Cory, we would create a channel for a specific Team's project. When the project is complete, we would like to archive the corresponding channel.

  • SkyeF commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please reprioritize, we are heavy users of Microsoft Teams and even in a medium sized org with <60 users people are starting to get overwhelmed and are disengaging with what should be the centrepiece tool of our operation.

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Warren, this should be prioritized. It makes the experience unfavorable. There should be an option where you can at least archive them locally if it is a storage issue with Microsoft (although i cant image it is

  • Matt Harris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Anonymous,

    The problem is most companies need to export, and present items in channels to present for auditing, fault diagnosis and a ton of other service life cycle reasons.

    In Skype, you could easily obtain these logs from your mailbox. This functionality has not been incorporated into teams.

    The material we put in to Teams channels needs to be exported and attached to relevant tickets.

    A compliance hold in items is not good enough.

    It is clear Microsoft have missed the ball on what their users used Skype for before offering this tool.

    If the data lives on in SharePoint do you have a method of getting the data out or, do you have a method of getting the chat history out of veeam backups.

    Backups are only as good as the data you can restore.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Cant you just delete the channel? The content still lives within SharePoint with the exception of chat. I'm not sure about other backup solutions, but I know Veeam retains all content, including chat...

  • Slpner2 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you want Teams to be a centerpiece of organizations, this is kind of required. How can it possibly be backlogged when it's one of the key features that would allow Team to grow with organizations?

  • TPG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We as one of the bigger companies (> 10.000 potential users) are starting the rollout of O365. Due to the fact, that we have (and will not have) any policiy in place to limit or to restrict the creation of new teams, we will struggle without an archive functionality …

  • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Our organization needs this feature, as our team is getting cluttered with all the channels.
    Thanks!

  • Joel Townsend commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are integrating a number of our business processes. The ability to archive channels would be a huge step forward for us.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adding my request to the list - same as others, we're in a large organization that is using teams to perform projects and we need to be able to organize and archive this work to avoid having an indecipherable mess within a year. Please prioritize this.

  • Beth Miller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can do this with the Hide feature that replace favoriting, it takes it out of view and removed notifications for it.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please consider re-prioritizing this out of the backlog. It is really a requirement for the use of teams and channels...otherwise, the structure gets to be a real mess.

  • Jesse Bouman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please consider prioritizing this. I have an exploding amount of channels that were extremely helpful, contain team memory, but are becoming clutter.

  • Andrew Johansen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please setup the ability to archive a channel. Or create the ability to lock a channel so that it cannot be added to.

  • slpner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please - this is basic. If you target large teams in large organizations... we need to be able to go back to look at channels, yet have them out of active use. Can't delete all institutional memory.

  • Nicolas Vanderstock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There is a huge request for this in my company. People are loving Teams but they need to have an easy way to browse archived old conversations from now deleted channels.

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