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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This item remains on the backlog for now. Thanks!
The lack of ability to selectively add team members to channels or the ability to invite external guests to channels is a must for most of the companies.
Hopefully it's not an issue with how the Teams or Sharepoint application architecture was designed that prevents MS from finally rolling this highly demanded feature out?
Ryan McBride commented
That would be a huge bonus to collaboration w/out having to muddy the Permissions of Teams
Please give us an update on this MS. I think it's safe to say that having it on the backlog and a previous update from September isn't really cutting the mustard with your business users. This lack of functionality is causing issues for organisations who collaborate with external guests. Some idea of when this may be implemented would at least be something.
Dr. J. Dre. commented
As someone running several highly active groups that frequently have external collaborators who should only have access to particular subprojects for security, this is an absolutely essential feature that is missing.
Last update in September 2020. Any update? We are in the process of switching from WebEx Teams to MS Teams, and being able to do this in WebEx is a huge plus over MS. Like it's literally making our entire setup quite difficult across the company. How is this not implemented yet?
Søren Riisgaard commented
This absolutely needs to happen. In our organisation, we work closely together with changing stakeholders from outside the org, and they need to be able to access existing channels, without access to the entire team.
Tick tock Microsoft, let's get the basics correct and let's be clear, adding guests (external or otherwise) to a channel rather than a team for collaboration is a basic. What's the OP date, 2017! Yeah glad to see you're listening.
Susan Hollingsworth commented
We find ourselves creating new teams to work on collaborative projects, instead of being able to use a channel within an existing team, when we want to collaborate with someone outside our department, which we often do.
This is inefficient, and my list of teams is getting cluttered and difficult to manage.
Please add this feature.
Bogdan Antemia commented
You can use PRIVATE and STANDARD channels to acheive the same result.
You create a team with private channels, add EVERYONE to the team.
Then add specific persons to each private channel. It works for external users also.
By default only Owners of the team have access to the private channels.
Matt Sauer commented
I see your research has concluded. If you have an interest in health care use cases to help intra-organization teams collaborate with each other, I'd be happy to assist. This missing feature has stalled adoption for many groups in my organization.
We most definitely need this feature
Can we please start work on this ? It has been on backlog for over 3 years
Carlos Augusto commented
Need this very much! PLEASE!!!
Vicki G commented
I'm adding my voice to this. It's a MUCH needed feature! Please listen to the UserVoice(s)!
Yes, please do this!
Can't believe this isn't already there. The usable get-arounds of either creating more widely accessible Teams with selective private channels OR setting up dedicated Teams to what should be sub-channels are just in-efficient... for an environment all about productivity.
Alok Tanna commented
Need this feature as soon as possible. This request was first created in · July 7, 2017 . It has been 5 years now and we are still waiting for this.
Kendal Friesen commented
Please move this off the backlog, this would be so helpful as we could eliminate a ton of teams.
This comes up regularly for us, often requiring creating a alternate Teams site to accommodate the request.
Been waiting for this too. Our workaround is to create a Private Channel and use it for internal employees. The General Channel will then be for guests.
Any update as to when such feature could be released? This is honestly preventing our team from further using TEAMS