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).
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John Carstensen commented
Any chance that you could include guess access for users without Office 365? I have some customers and business partners that aren't on Office 3654 that we need to be ab le to share and collaborate with.
I would love to see guest access at an even more granular level than that. Within every channel I would like to have the option to create a customer facing side and a non-customer facing side.
I want to collaborate on project scope and planning with the customer and collaborate on internal pricing, ordering, etc. with just my team, within the same project channel.
There may be existing solutions to several of these situations, but for what it's worth, here is a use case that has been growing in our organization:
Various "working teams" come together to address various projects, questions, etc. Each working team also has a separate small Steering Committee to provide guidance and approvals. When we first started using Teams, we would add all of the working team and the steering committee to the respective Team. However, the Steering Committee didn't need all of the @Team level announcement/comments, especially since they are often on several different Steering Committees at once. As a result, we began setting up separate Working Team and Steering Committee Teams for each project.
We would love to set up a Steering Committee Channel within the Team to ease administration of a given project, facilitate easy communication with the Committee, yet also restrict @Team mentions to Owners/Members of the Working Team itself (or perhaps direct @mentions to Owners/Members/Guests directly).
For a given Steering Committee member who is involved in several committees, it would also be great to group those respective channels in the side bar to keep things clean.
What about the channel-level access?! How can you address guest access at the channel level of users don’t even have separate channel level access!!!
Guest permissions/access at Channel level please.
Having guest access at the channel level also means it would be possible to add company staff not necesarily in the team or needed to view all team channels but just a single channel. It would be very handy to have a feature like this to invite staff to channels within a team instead of the whole team.
i need to collaborate my customers into specific projects with the nature of our fast moving business in design and product development why is this not an already in play feature where i just enter their email give them access and we collaborate? please do something quickly
I agree. I'd like to see permissions at the channel level as well as at the group level. We have a team/group with several channels and I'd like to be able to spin up a new channel and allow people outside of the team access
This feature would be extremely beneficial.
[Deleted User] commented
Definitly a crucial feature for us to have!! Admin Access control on channel level is pre-requisite for us for a bigger rollout.
This would be a great feature to have.
I agree. I'd like to see permissions at the channel level as well as at the group level. We have a team/group with several channels and I'd like to be able to spin up a new channel and allow people outside of the team access.
Certainly agree on these suggestions.
Being able to control access to both channels and teams, for both internal and external users, would be really great. Admins should be able to deny any guest access for a specific team and/or channel, and control whether internal/external users should be able to see channels they don't have access to.
Justin Fortmann commented
Allow guest access permissions to be assigned at Room level instead of only at the higher Team level.
We often have a Team for any medium/large project and need to be able to work internally in private as well as externally with the client.
Currently we would have to create two separate teams for the project to deal with this scenario, whereas if access was given per Room then we would only need one.
Frederick Lin commented
Just like classic SharePoint Online sites, include these options per Team/O365 Group:
Allow owners to send guest user invites only (please do not allow guests invite other guests)
We risk exposing Teams meant for internal collaboration with a control that can only be enabled at the tenant-level. Would love more granularity.
Olivier Lamer commented
When Guest access is enabled in Teams, we need the possibility to control which team (or group) can be authorized for Guest access? So, the admins can allow or restrict Guest access at team (or group level), and not only at tenant level. Exactly like for SharePoint Online sites.
Would be nice to be able to allow guests access to only specific channels. This would reduce the number of teams needed so you could have something like:
- Company 1 channel
- Company 2 channel
- Company 2 & 3 channel
Instead of something like this:
Team Company 1
- General channel
Team Company 2
- General channel
Team Company 1 & 2
- General channel
(and so on with an ever increasing number of teams when you need different combinations of guests)
As implementation of this could take a while a workaround could be to use a common team for quests but complete the support for private channels so that guests can be separated within a team (although sometimes you would not want them so see each other at all)
@Sonia if you prefer having this feature restricted to team level than that could be a configuration option. It's still a feature that can be useful for many users. The indicator for guests being in teams could also be added to specific channels.
Sonia Cuff commented
Even internal permissions are done at the top level of a Team. You cannot restrict permissions on certain channels for internal users either. I can understand why this feels like double the work for you, but there are benefits for internal users realising they are in a Guest-enabled Team versus an internal staff only Team, in terms of being aware of what conversations they are having/content they are publishing.
Heinrich Ulbricht commented
This might be a duplicate that MS is working on: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16911079-support-for-private-channels
Yes this is very important for our organisation, as there might be some people in the team that we don't want viewing sensitive information. and would be nice to do this with out having to create another team