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Any plans for per-channel permissions to be implemented?

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Katherine Moss
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Hi all, was wondering about this in light of the fact that at the moment, due to the fact my group makes heavy use of per-channel permissions, Teams is currently out of the question for us. We're hoping to fix that, though, we'll not be able to until we either know more about whether this functionality is being implemented at all or not. It's very important to us due to the many facets of our staff. We're a small group, but we do have lots of granularity in terms of privileges and access. Thoughts?

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Hi!

This is a big thing and there's been numerous threads about it. But Microsoft IS working on it! MS last post stating there are working on it was on the 29th of september last month.

Please vote for it and have a look now and then for updates:

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16911079-support-for-private-c...

 

/ Adam

I figured it was somewhere. I just didn't know where the heck the thread was. thanks! Shall be voting on that right about now and get the rest of my group to do the same.
At Ignite i asked the same question, no real answer but very clear that this is somethin the community wants. Another thing is that you might consider to create a team of what you thought would make it as a channel... big projects might benfit from having several teams :)
And trust me, noone gets it right the first time :) the best sollution comes from using Teams over time. Giod luck
I'm not the one on my team who decides core infrastructure enterprise wide. If our CEO says no, then the answer is no, until Microsoft does what we need them to do. He's making a very good call, if you ask me. We had several teams the first time we tried to deploy it, though that seemed a bit on the overkill side with only about six or seven of us on at any one time. Though with our expanded development team, hopefully that's going to be changing once we get everything settled.
Patience is a virtue :)
Indeed it is. Patience comes easy when it's a small team and everyone is close and can discuss everything in a civil manner. Unfortunately, we're using Discord right now instead. That thing is a laugh to the enterprise community.
Well, anything that somewhat works is better than nothing :)
I use discord during online gaming, even if that happens like once a year...
Good call... always a good plan to tey out in small scale and then expand when you have a winning consept :) and what works for you might not work for me... but the coolest thing is that Teams works for everyone :)
I'm just hoping that the people of my group all voted on that thread. We need as many votes as possible, don't we? I'll ask around.

Patience and waiting may be virtuous, but to be clear at the moment you are waiting for an undefined period for the arrival of an undefined feature. When it comes it might not be what you imagine. Teams is so much better than using Discord, how long are you happy to accept that for in order to get this feature. According to Microsoft 329,000 companies are using Teams, 54 of those have >10,000 month active users (and Accenture has .100,000). People are using it widely.

 

1. There's no 'cost' to having multiple teams, they sit in that left rail just like channels do, to a user what exactly is the difference? Think of teams as being more flexible as you can group together channels that require the same permissions in a team.

2. Don't forget group chat, create named conversations with whomever you like, pin them as favourites in your chat screen and you get a view an awful lot like Slack.

I'm just going off of what I was told a few days ago, that until this feature is implemented, the software is not being deployed. Now, if You can suggest a comparable workaround, then, I can mention it. We had the multiple teams thing to work around permissions, but I think that's what was confusing everyone, including me. It's not as if there are hundreds of us.

How was it confusing?

 

What sort of things would you have as topics or channels? where would you need different permissions and where would you want everyone to access?

 

 

The way our organization works is that it's a division within a division. So, sometimes they overlap, and sometimes they don't. For instance, the manager's channel, the rest of the staff don't need to see that, so would you suggest in that situation to have an entire team just for managers? And please note. I'm not the one who's confused. Other members of my group are, I think. I'm just posting on behalf of everyone since I'm the only one with the time to do so.

Being in multiple teams of different scales works pretty well. So these could be as big as your whole division, or as small as 3 or 4 managers. There are 2 key bits of advice that I would make sure people know

 

1. Use the favourites in the list of Teams and Channels so you can keep focused on your most immediate priorities. You don't lose or leave your non-favourites, just fold them up so they aren't always on view.

2. Team people to use @mentioning on all new posts to draw in the right people to the conversation. Don't assume people will browse and read channels. If you want the entire channel to ready then use @channel. 

Thanks for the clarification. I'll actually talk to people and see what's actually up. You mentioned mentioning people, as well, I noticed. On that, the other thing that drives me nuts still regarding Teams is the inability to have people be able to be mentioned informally; for instance, my full name as displayed on my email along with everywhere else, most is "Katherine M. Moss". But normally when people address me, they call me "Kat". Wouldn't it be cool to have people referred to in a conversation by what they prefer to be called? That's another thing, though both the original topic as well as the one I just brought up are sort of driving me bonkers at the moment until we figure something out.
Trouble with that is that teams reads all users from the azure active directory
Oh. You'd think that since Azure Active Directory syncs all attributes, there would be a preferred attribute that it could read from depending on what an admin specifies. even if that were a custom attribute such as like "nickname" or something like that ...

Well, the field that's used is call Display Name, it's meant to be the version of your name that's used in apps for display. It's a fait point that some other apps as part of Office 365 allow you to shorten after adding an @name, typically to just the first bit.

Can you do that in Teams?
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