Channel only members & guests
Channel only members enable collaboration with people outside the team in a specific channel, without granting them access to the team itself. The channel member could be someone in your organization, or external to your organization (guest).
Sigurdur Jonsson commented
This should have been implemented along with private channels.
My enterprise has numerous use cases for this scenario. Kind of hacking private channels to meet now, but this would be a better story.
Currently we have to spin up a whole new team if we need external involvement. While this is doable and even the correct approach in some situations, there are others where it's just a hassle.
This feature would really help with this, and we'd love to see it developed soon.
John Heinlein commented
This is THE MOST CRITICAL thing you can do. The lack of this feature materially impacts the effectiveness of Teams and forces people to use email because it's impossible to pull someone into the team to work on a particular project. The only way to properly solve this today without this feature is to replicate a team with one additional member, which is a horrible solution. Please prioritize this near the top!
Lucas Garlepp commented
Testing this feature today, I note that the Sharepoint site and OneDrive shares are separate to the rest of the channel structure as well. In particular for OneDrive where teams are using shared document repositories, creating a separate OneDrive folder for each private channel makes this impossible to manage. A private channel should behave exactly the same way as any other channel but for the security access features around it. So a private channel created in my 'Clients' Team should sit right there in Client team as it does in the TEAMS interface, but the Sharepoint site and OneDrive folder structures should do the same, not create a complete separate site that needs to be managed separately.
"Anyone, including guests, can be added as a member of a private channel as long as they are already members of the team"
Well, not able to add Guests to private channel. Just getting informative note: "cannot be added..."
Any news on this one?
It makes no sense to launch private channels feature without channel only members & guests.
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT... ;(;(;(;(
This is very basic stuff...
What!!? I thought that was what private channels was supposed to do :(
The whole use case of private channels here was to have a project team for the regular project staff and be able to invite internal / external people into a private channel so they can collaborate on stuff only within that channel.
And also the public facing shared mailbox killer!
Can you get this in by the end of November '19 please?
We need this functionality
Oh man this is not included in the private channels??? Im suspending our microsoft 365 business subscriptions.
This is the functionality I was hoping for with the 'private channel' release this week.
It is really a pity that this feature was not in the first release. The real use case especially related to project work is here.
Amber Jones commented
Ditto what everyone else said. This is the actual use case that inspired the majority of requests/votes for private channels in the first place. There are several business units within my organization waiting for this specific feature to be rolled out before they will make Teams a part of their regular business process and use it with external parties. Creating a bunch of teams/sites/groups for different collaborative projects that span a few weeks or months just isn't reasonable. Please prioritize this.
Gary Bowering commented
This is what the recent private channels should have been. We need to have private project channels that sit across teams, but are seen and accessible only by those invited to that channel (no matter what other team they're in). Channel members who are not also members of the team that hosts the channel should not be able to see or access other channels in the hosting team.
Hi, nice to see private channels available but the whole premise for private channels is to add people outside the team. A private channel within the team is not very useful to be honest. We need to be able to invite members outside the team and guests to a private channel ASAP.
Josh Parsons commented
The individualized Sharepoint system built within the private channels does not work well. Is there not a way to create a private channel and have those privacy functions carry to sharepoint?
Donny Williams commented
This is a much needed feature, please.
Please make this happen.
Shawn Akins commented
this is more important than private channels!
We are awaiting these for use with outside contractors