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).
This by far is the biggest obstacle we see in converting our organization over to Microsoft Teams from Webex Teams and converting our customers over as well. Keeping things organized, logical and secure, is very difficult without being able to add some users to channels but keeping them out of the team, just one example: if a coordinator who schedules things for a team and allocates resources for them needs to communicate with them we would like to have a channel in that team where that coordinator can have those conversations and meetings without giving them access to the team and all of the secured documents within it.
We need this now...
Please prioritise this feature as it is vital for us to expand our service to enhance patient experience.
This appears to be such a useful option. Crazy it's still not implemented :(
Working on it since 2018...is this feature coming soon? Critical for our adoption of Teams in our agency.
We have just run into the same problem this morning, having set up the Team notified 3 contractors only to find they can all see each others prices. V V V embarrassing had to close it down and start 3 News Teams, horses and stable doors comes to mind. I suggest a rename Microsoft Isolation!!
"Under Review" and "Working on it" since 2018? Original idea posted in 2017... c'mon Microsoft, it's 2020 now. Basic features with thousands of votes shouldn't take 3+ years.
Please make this feature a priority. We need this level of access control in my organization.
Sven Wasmer commented
Agree, that is a critical one. Just came to a scenario where I want to give guests access to one specific channel only so we can communicate there, but keep all other channels for our internal collaboration.
This is a critical item and should be upvoted to production. It is vital to invite people to a specific channel without providing access to the whole Team
Norma B commented
Creating a brand new Team just to be able to share channel discussions with outside group members isn't practical and is a convoluted process. Please take this off the backlog and incorporate this request. Not having this feature clearly defeats the purpose of Teams being able to streamline collaboration. We might as well go back to sending emails and having offline meetings.
Teams is basically a security and privacy nightmare which, unfortunately, is fairly typical of the Microsoft approach in general:
• No granular sub-folder visibility; one must publish an entire doc library for people to have access to specific sub folders intended for a select group of channel members (who would think giving people access to the root level of a document library would be a good idea?)
• No settings for muting web cams, resulting in video conference users being dropped live into a meeting immediately upon join (there's a lawsuit just waiting to happen).
• Planner is not available for private channels - which can result in project plans being exposed to people who should not see those plans.
• And this issue whereby contractors have access to, at the very least, the General channel for the team to which they have been added. What if I have several contractors for a project and have separate channels to work with each individually? Right now, those contractors can see, via the General channel, which of their competitors might be working on a different aspect of the project.
Bottom line, Teams is useful for consumer or family use but not for enterprise. Any company which rolls out Teams without considering the security and privacy holes needs to rethink their use of the tool.
This is flat-out CRITICAL. Like so many others, I have a Team that has channels, and some of those channels are for projects that involve outside parties. I do not want to spin up yet another TEAM just to have guests, I need channel-level access controls for guests by team owners who want to add guests.
Voted. There are several use cases where this would be handy. A team that uses channels for specific projects, where a contractor may only be involved in one, but not the others for example.
Cindy Sinclair commented
Great for featured guest speakers like doing a welcome to Country or when wanting to get some feedback on a young person from a Youth Justice Worker or Case Manager or Indigenous Health Worker
Karl Hosking commented
Adding my weight behind this feature - please add it, like, yesterday.
Ashley Boyd commented
Channel only guests would be very helpful
We also use Channels for more straight forward project collaboration. Even simpler, many just used labeled chats for team collaboration. Would be great to add outside guests to chats as well.
Jeroen Brink commented
Much needed functionality! When inviting external guests to join a channel you need to make them member of the team. That means that you either take a 1-team/1-channel approach, or that you're forced to make all channels private, so the guest users don't see the public channels. The first approach basically defeats the whole Teams team purpose, and the second approach has a huge administration overhead, since then you have to add every member to each channel that you would like to be public, but are forced to make private. And with the limited functionality in private channels (you can plan no meetings in a private channel for example) this is really not a desirable solution.
Seems like one of the key reasons for having channels is collaborating with different groups of people and that would include a key person being only involved with one channel's activities. Please update on what has taken place over the last two year!