Updated Guidance for Organizing Teams and Channels, including Private Channels

Published 12-19-2019 01:40 PM 65.6K Views

With the release of private channels in Microsoft Teams we wanted to update our guidance for organizing your hub for teamwork.  Bringing people together across your organization is powerful and we want you to have the best experience with our product.  With the release of private channels you can now have focused conversation areas with a subset of members of your team alongside the standard channel conversations that drive collaboration across the broader team. 


Our TechTip video will guide you through a variety of examples of team and channel structure, remind you of the differences between chat and channel conversations and help you to get the most from private channels in Microsoft Teams.  This video now replaces our prior guidance on this topic.  You can also download the PowerPoint presentation used in this video. 


Next, learn more about how we think about Teams and Channel from product engineering lead @Roshin Ramesan  on our TechChats Interview with Influencers playlist.  Roshin is an innovative thinker and deeply passionate about customer feedback.  Some of you may have met him at Microsoft Ignite and we'd encourage you to also watch his theater session on additional technical aspects of Private Channels.


Feel free to ask us questions about this or any other Microsoft Teams topic here.  If you are driving adoption of Office 365 services consider joining our Driving Adoption forum here and our free, monthly Office 365 Champions community call to stay up to date on this and other great scenarios for productivity and business results.  

Regular Visitor

Great walk-through! I look forward to seeing private channels available on GCC, especially for when we activate our EOC during emergencies. Any idea when it will be rolled out?

New Contributor

Thank you for the great explanation of private channels & suggested uses.  Very timely for our organization as we examine how to expand our use of Teams, SharePoint, & O365 to improve our collaboration & efficiency in 2020 & beyond.

Occasional Contributor

Thank you very much

New Contributor

Awesome! Just tried it out!  


Thank you very much for the walkthrough and presentation.

Occasional Contributor
Additional popular channel features requested on UserVoice include the ability to visually distinguish between channels, for example by assigning a different accent color to each channel, the ability to move conversations from one channel to another, and the ability to configure notifications on a per-channel basis.
Occasional Contributor

When are private channels coming to GCC? Very cool feature that our users are constantly asking for.  Here's a request for Private channels for government gcc Teams on UserVoice: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/926545-teams-for-government/suggestions/39460723-private...

Occasional Contributor

Can international format dates please be used on the posts, i.e. not USA format?

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