We acknowledge the customer demand for Private Channels and have been hard at work on it. Private Channels is currently in preview with a select group of customers. We expect to release the feature to the public later this Fall, and will update here when we are starting to roll out to all customers. We appreciate all the feedback you have provided to us on this forum and thank you for your patience.
Further to my suggestion for people to leverage (private) group chats as an alternative to Private channels some good news and some not so good news..
Good news is that you can now quickly/easily share screens from within a teams chat.
Not so good news is that according to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/limits-specifications-teams there is a limit of 20 to the number of people that can be in a chat (I suspect that this number may be easier for Microsoft to increase than it will be to provide a private channel!)
For anyone who is waiting on "private channels" and their requirement is to have private conversation/communication and file sharing within a closed group. If you haven't yet tried Group chats then I suggest that you do . https://support.office.com/en-us/article/name-a-group-chat-in-teams-c2172f07-9c05-4591-b344-1b86238fea4d
1) click "chat" on the left hand nav
2) click "new chat"
3) click the down arrow to the right of "start typing a name or group"
4) place cursor beside "group name"
5) type group name
6) in the To: box start typing the participants.
7) Start having your conversations and sharing your files....
this provides a named , group chat. With private communication between the participants (ok it's NOT multiple threaded conversations - but quoting a post in your reply can handle this), the file sharing is courtesy of OneDrive.
This solution/workaround may NOT meet everyone's requirements but if it is of help to someone in the community then great.
In relation to comments on the survey - The same survey was linked from a number of different user voice pages relating to channels and not just the "support for private channels one". Other people HAVE asked for the ability to move content from channel to channel for example. e.g. if you have all you conversations in "general" and want to re-organise the conversations (and content) into other channels. It is easy to move the content in the GUI(SP) but not so to move the conversations. This is just for context of people who are getting upset about the MS releasing a survey on THIS page which doesn't exclusively focus on the "support for Private channels" topic.
I believe that the team truly is working ******* this issue. I suspect that it's a "wicked problem" . i.e. That by fixing what is clearly a "popular" request on user voice Microsoft could break something else more fundamental.
I get that Teams is a UI for the Office 365 Group concept and it could be more challenging and be more far-reaching a change than many of us appreciate (or perhaps care about) to break inheritance within the O365 Group (i.e. having a group within a group, but that group contains members that aren't in the original group.. I'm getting a headache even thinking about that!!!).
The survey I believe is indirectly trying to get at the scenarios behind why people would want a private channel (within an existing team) in the first place. It also touches on how a Team owner could respond if it becomes clear that they need to have a "private channel" in an existing team.. e.g. move a channel from one team to another , or create a Team from a conversation thread.
I've heard of 2 scenarios where people want private channels:
1) where there is a subset of a group (team leaders) that want a closed channel to communicate (via the conversation pane) in that the team members don't have access to.
2) where there is a requirement to collaborate with a 3rd party on a task related to a particular project so they'd like to add the 3rd party to a single channel but not give them access to the rest of the Team.
I could suggest in both cases that they use private group chats in Teams (and name them appropriately). however in both cases they will lose the context of the original Team or project that the original Team (in Teams) provides.
So now what?...
I'll continue to assist my organisation with adoption of Teams on the understanding that private channels are NOT coming any time soon. But I look forward to seeing how this one get's solved.
one of my colleagues asked me today if this feature had been announced at ignite 2018. I note that it hasn't been announced as yet (Day 2). A commenter below advised
" am looking for this same solution as well. I have a team that all does the same work under my supervision, but each team member cannot have access to some key files of their colleagues. Each project/colleague has a channel and we need them each to be private.
I would love to be kept UTD on the progress of this as well."
It IS currently possible to keep these files private by managing permissions on the SharePoint side. If conversations between the manager and the individual need to be kept private then use chat for this. Another option is to use OneDrive, either the managers or the employee's to keep the files private.
This request is still on the backlog.
I'm thinking that hashtags could be used to retrieve conversations, chats and replies via search within Teams. ideally there would be some auto-suggestion so that there is some standardisation between the tags used by end-users.
Not sure about how the "clickable" tags feature would work .
Are people suggesting that when I click a hashtag in the conversation pane that the pane immediately to the left is populated with all posts that include the hashtag? That could be nice to have.
The feature team is still digging into this item. No decision has been made yet.
+1 for me on this one. My use case is where I've created polls using the Forms bot. If the question is long then when the bot posts the poll only part of the question is displayed (this is another issue) . It is possible to delete the post which created the poll but NOT possible to delete the poll itself.
Team owners should be able to delete polls (or BOT messages) from their Team
Isn't this already a feature in both Team channels and private chats ?
Performance has been and continues to be a big focus area for Teams. One main area we have made improvements in is responsiveness for the most frequent user actions of switching between Chat, Channel, and Activity. We are also focused on reducing resource consumption and application load time. More improvements are on the way.
Thanks for following our suggestion to vote this up on SharePoint. It worked! SharePoint has confirmed that they have already started working on this and I’ll be getting an ETA from them after the holidays. -Suphatra
This feature is still in the planning stage. No new updates are available at this time.
I didn't know that there was a limit on chats that are displayed until today.
I note that you can see chat history when you start a new chat with someone you have "chatted" with in the past. However it would be useful to be able to scroll through chat history without having to start a new chat..
Perhaps this is because primarily Teams is about the channel conversations for the team and not for P2P chat.
provide the ability to select a specific message , not only just the most recent one, and be able to reply to it. This should be possible in P2P chat and Channel conversations
Someone mentioned that it's possible in group conversations ( I assume they mean Channel Conversations in Teams).
In fact though , the reply function in the Channel is NOT as mature as the function in WhatsApp.
In a channel we can reply to the latest reply in a conversation. we can't select an earlier reply and reply to it. We could take a screenshot of the reply and include that in our reply , this would work reasonably well on a desktop but would be unwieldy on the mobile.
another way would be to use something from the old bulletin boards/online forums , i.e. the "quote" button, which would allow us to display the post/reply that we are replying to in the body of our reply (within parentheses).
So in summary, provide the ability to select a specific message , not only just the most recent one, and be able to reply to it. This should be possible in P2P chat and Channel conversations
In summary, there should be the ability to
We have been iterating on different designs and are starting to test internally. I don’t have a timeframe but will keep you posted.
Being able to set notification settings at a team level is really something that we could do with here at my organisation. I know that Microsoft talk about Teams as being the hub for collaboration with the "Inner Loop", however Inner Loop and Outer loop is not really binary but moreso a continuum. e.g. there are some people on a team/Team which are Outer loop (might need to dip in and out) and some that are inner loop. And then these "outer loop" people on one team are "inner loop" on another.. So a one size fits all at the global "Microsoft Teams" level is not always "optimal" and yet many users are probably not "mature" enough to even know about notification settings in order to tweak them. So in my organisation we have Outer loop people (who haven't changed their default notification settings on MS Teams ) getting spammed by people who are on the Inner loop. Tldr; it's essential that notifications can be configured at the "Team" Level rather than just at the "Teams" level.
Further to my comment about the experience in the desktop and web clients , I can confirm that the URL resolves fine in the iOS Teams app !
the request here is that the URL displayed in the Teams conversation is a dynamic URL and does not hard code the original file name.
We have noticed that when a conversation has been created in a channel due to commenting activity on a file in the files tab associated with the channel, the Teams URL has the file name hardcoded in the URL (i.e. <filename>.docx) . If the file name is changed , the Teams URL stays the same and therefore we get the "couldn't find your file" message. However, the SharePoint URL (which can be obtained from the ellipsis -> get link -> sharepoint option) is dynamic. i.e. if I copy the SharePoint link to a browser it will open the required document. I note that the same behaviour occurs in the web and desktop clients
This is still being worked upon. I hope to have more details in the next couple months.
Please know the team is actively working on this feature.
This feature request is working its way through the backlog queue. No new details are available yet.
this might not be the answer to all peoples questions , however in my case it is promising news so might also be for others.
See "Connect to Teams" button on the SharePoint Community Blog
This is in the works! Fill out this survey if you want to influence the feature: https://microsoft.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_esTxHdABLQxKLvn
I was thinking of the same scenario. seems like the answer is not to have projects as channels of a functional team's Team. e.g. if you need to involve guest users/externals on a project. it would be more feasible if the project team had a separate Team from the Team of the functional team that initiated the project. otherwise the guest users are getting access to the functional team's Team. Managing permissions at the channel level could be the answer here too.