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Valerie Beyers
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I asked the same question and got a response that there are no updates to share at this time. I hope there will be soon! :)
This seems like a big type of Ignite announcement, I would get hopes up for hearing something then. Just a hunch thou.
Would be nice if it comes available

Thanks for raising this. We get the priority of private channels are are working on it - no further updates at this point.

How about now? Any updates?????

I have so many uses for this feature. It would make Teams just about perfect. It would also help eliminate having to create so many individual Teams. 

 

Example: I want to send faculty surveys to all my Program Directors. I have to create separate Teams for each Program. If I could have Private Channels, I could have one Team for Faculty Survey Distribution. Then, I could communicate to the Program Directors at the same time through the combined team, but could give them their Program surveys and private information through the Private Program channels.

 

Drill down a step further. The Program Director wants to give his faculty their surveys in Teams. They could then have a Program Team with separate channels for each faculty member. It would be easy to move files from their main channel to the individual faculty member's private channels. 

 

Just one use of this feature that would be amazing!

Top! Can I read about ETA for this? This is a deal breaker for us.

No ETA yet! "Working on it" is all we know! 

 

adam

I wonder if the delay is on how they will handle the back end storage in SharePoint. Today a SP Site is created and a single document library is used for all files in that Teams area. Channels have separate folders for each channel in the single document library.

The MS Teams and SPO story is still in the early chapters, i guess.

@Duane Alleman wrote:
I wonder if the delay is on how they will handle the back end storage in SharePoint. Today a SP Site is created and a single document library is used for all files in that Teams area. Channels have separate folders for each channel in the single document library.

The MS Teams and SPO story is still in the early chapters, i guess.

 

On SharePoint you have the option of sharing specific documents and folders to specific people. You can give them edit and view only permissions. I don't understand why that capability can't be transferred to Teams. It seems like SharePoint has that functioning already.

Solution
I Agree with you.

I am sure they will have a solution for this in 2019.

I guess I was thinking that MS is really trying to step away from the complex security model in general. I would imagine they would never stop the ability to do unique permissions(especially in SP), but as we are seeing with the O365 groups permission model - super simple - 2 overall levels: Owner and Member. They are trying to simplify the overall security model.

I took me a while to get my head wrapped around this simplified security model, but I think I get it now. In fact, we are moving forward at my organization with Teams, while also leveraging SharePoint Online using the Modern Team sites, which you can set to use the O365 Group security model.

The biggest impact of this change is empowering the site owners to fully control permissions(WHOA, SCARY, I Know!!) - with 2 primary levels, you don't have to put the owners through grueling training on the complexity of folder and document level permissions - that we all know will last all of 30 days, then be a nightmare to update and maintain.
It will be interesting to see how this develops and gets implemented.

Any updates on this? Is it part of Q1 Product roadmap for MS teams?

No, I wouldn’t say Q1! They haven’t told any updates on this for awhile but they say they are working on something!
If I have to guess, not earlier than Q3

Adam

Q3 is unacceptable at this point :(


@adam deltinger wrote:
No, I wouldn’t say Q1! They haven’t told any updates on this for awhile but they say they are working on something!
If I have to guess, not earlier than Q3

Adam

 

As, I've said, saying something about it is soon necessary, the feature itself -not

 

/ Adam

hahaha, every body have heard about this MAJOR HIGHEST VERY IMPORTANT feature for MS but we won't never see something...

This is in development and now also in testing on Microsoft internally!

Adam

Desperately waiting for this one...

I have heard no news about this so far in 2019....Lots of people wanting and waiting for this.

I'm working on a Teams implementation for my company.  We are a service company and work for various clients on various projects.  

 

Currently, I am setting up each client as a Team with each project as a channel.  This is working well for our company.  I was really hoping private channels would be an option, so I can include contacts at each client in the "general" channel, but not give them access to our project channels.  

 

Any recommendations for a workaround to achieve this?  thanks

@adam deltinger 

 

I just went and looked at this. Huge support but not much response from MS. Very disappointing how long it is taking.

Other than creating a new team for those contacts? Not much...
The roadmap is sometime this year!

Per Adam's reply to your question, there's not anything you can do except to create a separate team. My question to you is if the client or you care about having all team members with access to project channels. In other words, is there something about your client's projects that requires not everyone at the team membership level have access? If it varies by project, then set up channels for those where it's okay all have access and teams for those where the client does not want everyone on their end to view/participate. That's what we've done. It's a clunky since with the former I have to remember to use @+name in conversations versus being able to use @+channel name. 

This will be so amazing to finally have. I could consilidate so many Teams with this one feature!
Hopefully Microsoft will keep to their roadmap and deliver this during this year

@Valerie Beyers @adam deltinger @Linda Voss @Evan_Olthof @Duane Alleman  

 

Sorry all the below solution is not recommended as advised by @adam deltinger  and tested by my teams

 

Dear All,

 

as a temporary solution you can create a channel and hide it 

share the channel link only to the people who you want to share with them

You need to mention to them not to share the link to anyone and maybe you sent the link via restricted permission to avoid forwarding the message as precaution procedure, this does not prevent them copying the link but they need to advised not to share it

 

I am testing this now, hope this works for you till Microsoft solve this

 

Regards

Yasser 

You can’t really hide a channel though :\

@adam deltinger 

 

Hi Adam,

But I just did it

 

Create a new channel

Then Go to the channel name

Then press the 3 dots ...

Then hide

 

Unless I am missing something Here?

Yeah, this will only put the channel so it’s not favorited (shown)! Anyone can still expand the rest of the channels and access it! Also this is a personal view! If you hide it, it won’t hide for anyone else if they have it shown
adam deltinger replied to Yasser_Ismail 4m ago
Yeah, this will only put the channel so it’s not favorited (shown)! Anyone can still expand the rest of the channels and access it! Also this is a personal view! If you hide it, it won’t hide for anyone else if they have it shown

@adam deltinger 

You are correct, I checked the teams from my colleague and we saw the hidden channel

 

I think the only option now to wait for Microsoft to create channels permissions 

@Yasser_Ismail Nice thinking outside the box! :smile:

@adam deltinger @Valerie Beyers @Evan_Olthof @Duane Alleman @Yasser_Ismail 

 

Hello all,

A work colleague of mine found this LinkedIn article where someone found a workaround through SharePoint by creating restricted tabs.

We tested it out and it works. It isn't nearly as nice or convenient as channels, but it is useable.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/microsoft-teams-restricting-channel-permissions-levar-chan-williams/

Give it a shot and tell me what you think.

I am still waiting for Microsoft to get their stuff together and give us private channels.

 

@Linda Voss 

Thanks Linda, this is great solution :)

@Valerie Beyers 

Thank You, unfortunately it is not working as advised by Adam, Please look at the solution provided above by Linda, I think this is good solution till Microsoft resolve it

 

@Valerie Beyers Is there a support request which I can upvote? This is very important or else we will never be able to manage the number of teams that get created!

Expected release date is next month!
That's really good to know. Where can I check the status?
On the microsoft365 roadmap:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=channels

It should have been posted in the message center in your tenant as well

@adam deltinger 

 

Any update on timeline.  Are we still on track for September launch?

a must have for our company but time is running and we are also thinking of other tools to replace teams

@grusch  Yep, I think Microsoft is losing a lot of ground to other platforms when they take so long to respond to customer requests like this. Our company has gone completely Google based. 

@Valerie Beyers 

 

They edited the ETA to October CY2019 today.

I think i have to evalute a replacement for teams.

 

Roadmap:

https://www.microsoft.com/en/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams&searchterms=50588

 

 

@grusch We're still in the pilot phase for Teams so this is only a headache for a small audience in my organization. I am watching this closely since we are planning to roll out Teams to more departments soon.

@Valerie Beyersif you haven't closed down the pilot just yet, if Teams is just missing the private channels, you can try this until they roll out private channels.

People can create a Chat with multiple users.  Each chat also has Files and Tabs can still be added.  A private Plan cannot be added, but you would have a place for conversations and files.  Once private channels come online for everyone, see how easy it is to migrate that info into the private channel.

@gruschi didn't realize they moved the release back into October.  That's a little concerning..

 

I'm itching to get some private channels rolling soon. 

I read online this morning that it has been reportedly moved from October to November now.
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