Private Channels within a Team
It would be very useful to have private channels within teams. This would allow for different ways of working within the same team. This would allow for greater flexibility in the way that classes and members of staff could work. Private channels for ability groups or private channels for line management discussions / quality assurance...
Private channels enable focused private collaboration among a subset of your team. We are super excited to share that this feature is fully rolled out to the public ring. You can find detailed information on the capabilities and management of the private channels feature here – https://docs.microsoft.com/MicrosoftTeams/private-channels.
There are four other types of channel functionality on our backlog – feel free to upvote and/or comment on the UV items listed next to each:
- Channel only members: to enable collaboration with people outside the team in a specific channel, without granting them access to the team itself. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/31374577
- Shared channels within an organization: allow people in different teams to collaborate on a shared project or v-team in the context of their own teams. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/18615565
- Shared channels across organizations: allow people in an organization other than yours to collaborate on a shared project or v-team. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/32987917
- Public channels: to provide an outbound communication window for a team to engage with everyone in an organization. These channels are accessible to everyone in their tenant, without needing to join. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/34154851
Thanks – and we hope you love your Private channels experience!
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Bastiaan Wanders commented
Privated channels would be a nice feature to this.
Microsoft have created confusion by using the term "group" and "team" interchangeably. I was advised to post a similar idea here by a Microsoft rep, but it looks like multiple people have posted similar ideas about create groups/sub groups/teams within a team. Can Microsoft PLEASE combine these ideas into one single thread so the importance of this is not overshadowed by the number of users requesting groups in separate ideas? This is the NUMBER ONE function that is missing from teams.
In education settings it is mission critical for students to be divided into groups and for these groups to be private from the main team. Without this functionality Teams is simply unsuited to use in education. What I would like to see is not only the ability to create groups but for teams to help automate the process along the lines of CatMe: https://info.catme.org/ by splitting students up based on characteristics of the group.
Have a separate Conversations Area for Owners of a Team that is not visible to students.
This would be really helpful for classes that are shared by more than one teacher. They can have a conversation that would not be visible by students. For example, teachers may want to plan up and coming assignments or let each other know how far the class has got with a particular topic.
Isaac EPIGNOSIS commented
Private Channels within a Team Exactly like SLACK CHANNEL.
Breaking up the same team into smaller groups, helps teachers differentiate content within the same team instead of having to jump between different teams. Creating groups within the same team, must be flexible such that teachers can regroup students whenever necessary.
I have administrators looking for the same feature for staff communication Teams as well.
Kevin Hayward commented
I would like a way to set a group of kids to a new channel within a group. Only kids that are assigned to that channel may view, post, or respond to anything posted within that channel.