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When can we expect to have private channels in Teams?

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Couldn't agree more!  A feature that is seriously lacking.  I just read Teams has moved ahead of SLACK however this is one feature SLACK has that Teams is really missing.  An update would be nice.

Yes - at last check I was told you demoed this feature for some customers (one of my friend's was a customer ;) According to him, this was ready to be GA soon. Any chance we see it by Jan?
+1 This is a pre-requisite for my clients who take security and privacy seriously.
I am also anxious to have this feature!
Agreed. Need to be able to have discreet permissions per channels.

I thought the whole purpose of Teams was to simplify permissions management. Permissions can still be managed as usual on the site. I have a few Teams where we add visitors to the site so they can see documents or other content. Private channels just recreates all the same pain with permission management in a new place.

It all depends on how you are using Teams. Most agree having private permission channels is a must. You can simply ignore the feature and it won't impact your workflow at all.
I agree with cgtrman.
Rachel you're totally right that this could easily just become a larger permissions management issue no one wants to deal with. However with groups working with potentially sensitive information, I have to choose between 100 teams (which are hard to rename, archive/unarchive, come with security groups, distribution lists, and mailboxes, etc.) or 20 teams with 5 private channels. I know I can encourage them to use SharePoint to host files, and use lists ,etc. but it's not chat. Teams makes it easier to quickly chat, share files, and call, all in one place. But each of those activities and the resultant objects (posts, calls, wiki pages, etc.) all need to fall within the scope of the Private channel.
+1. Right now I can't offer anything like this to my management.

@Rachel Davis sorry, but I fail to see how changing permissions separately on SharePoint simplifies permission management. I would also argue that permission management is not the "whole purpose" of Teams.

Please provide an update on this.
Highest Uservoice at the moment https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16911079-support-for-private-c... Because it's a priority I have a feeling we'll be seeing this sooner than later in 2019. Private channels will certainly improve governance and cut down on Teams sprawl Best, Chris
Just been announced today

Secure Private Channels – coming later this year – allow you to limit which team members can see the associated conversation and content within that channel. You can right-size channel participation and exposure without having to create discrete teams to limit visibility. This is one of our top requested features and we’re excited to be actively testing this internally and with select customers.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-new-in-Microsoft-Teams-the-Enterp...

Hope this answers your question!

Best, Chris