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.
This item remains on the backlog.
Archiving individual conversations would let you create a channel just for "outstanding issues" which can be full of the conversations about the individual issues, and as each issue is resolved those conversations can be archived, perhaps to another defined channel for later reference if required, but it would keep the outstanding issues clean from conversations that have come to a resolution.
Ted bolan commented
Yes! This is highest priority for my use. We are organizing projects by channels and need to keep an archive of these projects.
Alex Fischer commented
most important (so far non-existing) feature
Ted bolan commented
A way of organizing channels. Archive channels once they are completed or a method of filing channels into folders.
Alexander Lehming commented
+ 1 on Archiving
John Day commented
Looking for the ability to Archive a channel.
We have adopted Teams as our replacement for Lync2013 persistent chat.
Would be nice to have some functionality where a channel could be moved to an archive / set to read only once it is no longer 'live' but the information in the chat still required for reference
Bill Vilberg commented
I currently have two lists, my favorited channels and the unfavorited (more channels) list. Thus setting is at the user level. I would like a way for us to classify a channel as "completed" without removing it. That is what I mean by "archived".
My current solution is to change the name of the channel so that it starts with "x " and then unfavoriting it. That lets everyone on the team see that it is considered completed by the name change. It groups all the archived channels at the bottom of the "More channels" list.
This may be the best feasible solution. Otherwise I could mark a channel archived and it would disappear from other people's list of favorite or more channels without warning. No one "owns" a channel, so you can't control who would have archive rights.
Perhaps another alternative would be to have an "archive" selection for the channel. An item would be added to the channel saying who had archived it. Anyone who has the channel as a favorite would by @ mentioned in the notice. That way everyone would be informed that the channel was being marked completed.
Does that seem possible?
Any update on this? The ability to remove these from the interface without deleting the data is the #1 most requested function from my users.
I agree with this. We are using Teams for processes but cannot start to use for projects until we can archive channels for completed projects. We will end up with an unmanageable number of channels and we need to retain the information for reference once a project is complete so deleting is not an option.
Any update on being able to archive all chats for legal/compliance?
Right now I can only delete a channel and all the data/chat is gone. I would like to archive this data and have a link to it somewhere else to access the channel later. As a Project Manager, projects end and I want to reference them at a later point. Maybe a link to Archived Teams and Channels? Then I can see that data later if need be. I want the permissions level so that I can choose to hide the channel from everyone that was in that channel or just remove the channel from my personal teams view.
Yes please! This would help clean up the strands and our individual chats.
YES, please, now.
i 100% agree - you want to keep the projects in an archived channel as a reference
Started using teams, also for us an archiving feature is welcome. Using it with 4 people for 2 weeks and already loosing control on the conversations
This issue is 7 months old at this point. Slack would have dealt with it in two weeks.
What would the timeline for this be? This is a rather critical function for us.
The ability to archive a channel or chat is crucial to maintaining a nice flow in Teams. There should also be the ability to leave a group chat as well.
Keith B commented
While you're at it, it is critical that we have the capability to delete chat threads and messages out of a 24 hr window.
Another approach to achieve the same thing, and more would be to include a meta data tagging capability for conversations, with the ability to tailor views based on that metadata. Think SharePoint views and metadata. So a column ,for status -> with choices for active, archived, new etc that can be filtered on. Also filter by dates, created by, organization etc. Kind of a large feature add, but I think would be very useful in allowing people to focus on conversations that are relevant.