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Frequent Visitor

Hello,

 

I created a team in MSTeams and I want to create a few channels there but some of them with restricted access for some of the team members. Do we have this feature in MSTeams? If yes, how can I do that? If no, do you plan to add this? 

 

Thanks a lot!

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AFAIK, the concept of private channel does not exist
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Hi Catalin, this concept is something that we are working on in Microsoft Teams. Thanks for the feedback
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Mmm...thanks for the info...Do you have any ETA for testing this feature?
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@Elaine Ansell When is this feature planned to roll out for testing? Also, is there a set time for updates? Every week, every other week etc.
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Best Response confirmed by Catalin Prata (Frequent Visitor)
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Bryan, we don't have timing for this feature.  We are rolling out updates regularly, weekly, bi-weekly as updates and bug fixes are made.  You can see the updates via the Release Notes tab in the Tbot-- accessible via Settings>Help

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@Elaine Ansell It is dissapointing you have still not added this important feature and have now launched the product. Please advise on timeline?

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Are there any plans at least to introduce this feature?
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Go vote everyone. The more votes it gets, the higher this goes on the backlog: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16911079-support-for-private-c...

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Hi Robert, we agree that it's an important feature and are working on delivering this. As you may have seen in our GA announcement yesterday, we've delivered over 100 features since our Preview began and are continuing to deliver new features. We don't have a timeline to share, unfortunately.
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Thanks for the Update @Elaine Ansell. I will advise my Change Control Board there is not any timeline to be shared and we will put teams on backburner until next update to see if it is added. 

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Hello @Elaine Ansell - Suphatra Rufo over at uservoice posted a couple of days that you will not implement this feature - at least thats my interpretation of her proposed workaround, not adressing the initial issue.

 

Is this correct? As you stated some months ago that you where working on the Feature - some clarification would be appreciated as we where kind of relying on this Feature being added when planning out our Groups & Teams Structure.

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@Johannes Lauter wrote:

Hello @Elaine Ansell - Suphatra Rufo over at uservoice posted a couple of days that you will not implement this feature - at least thats my interpretation of her proposed workaround, not adressing the initial issue.

 

Is this correct? As you stated some months ago that you where working on the Feature - some clarification would be appreciated as we where kind of relying on this Feature being added when planning out our Groups & Teams Structure.


We have the same need in that we have been waiting on the availability of Private Channels to fully roll-out MS Teams in our organisation. Although a clear communication regarding the status of the feature would be good, the ETA of the feature woulld be much better received and appreciated.

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Hi everyone, it looks like there was some confusion around this. Let me see if I can help clear up.

 

We originally reviewed and planned to do this feature -- Private Channels -- but in the workflow, it became Private/Public Teams. So, we have pulled Private Channels back and are encouraging people to try the Private/Public Teams feature instead. We'd like to see how people engage with the product in this way, and collect the feedback as it happens.

 

As you guys know, we highly value user feedback and integrate much of it into the product. This is another area that is no different. If you want to see private channels, and have ideas/visions for it, please continue to post in UserVoice. I regularly triage this area and bring it to engineering, and they do a great job listening. You can add your voice to the thread here: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/16911079

 

Also, please try out the Public/Private teams feature and provide us feedback on how this is working for you (or not). This will really help us. New ideas for the feature should be created into new UserVoice items that can be upvoted by others.

 

Thank you -- and hope everyone is having a great Monday!

 

 

Suphatra

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Interesting to see you have this feature on your plans but you decided not to go ahead: May I ask the reason? I can understand why this scenario of having public and private channels is necessary but I can also understand the effort required to develop it taking into account Teams building blocks
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The fact of the matter is my Slack users wont even consider teams without a private channels feature. Also, it was the number one item asked about by end users when demoing teams. My change control board wont approve use of the product without it. They don't want to have to have 2 teams for each dept., Management vs. end users. We have over 40 departments, having 2 teams for each department becomes cumbersome and hard to manage. They will continue to ignore the product and just use our old Sharepoint sites.

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Mmmm...it does not seem to be the case for this feature ^-^ 2000 votes and still not being considered
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Hello Suphatra,

 

Thanks for your response. It is valuable in the sense that it gives me the opportunity to clarify my position regarding this particular feature of Microsoft Teams. I must say that I was very excited to learn that MS was launching and did eventually launch a service with such potential. The defined utility for our organisation was unquestionable with its integration, security and collaborative mechanisms ... to name a few. However, although I understand that the service is being developed, I am confounded by the response of MS regarding this feature. I assure you that we are not confused regarding our need for Private Channels and we are currently using the service. It is from this experience together with our experience with Slack that we have placed a high priority on the aforementioned feature. Indeed, the lack of it breaks the workflow within our teams and makes the process of our engagements laborious.

 

I hope that Microsoft reconsiders their position and, yes, after careful consideration, we believe that this is a mandatory feature. Hope that cleared the air a bit.

 

 

Sheldon

 

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Hi again everyone, THANK YOU for the responses and extra context. Remember to post everything to UserVoice because I don't collate the feedback on Microsoft Tech Community, ONLY on UserVoice.

I also want to note that I have heard this feedback (the need from private channels) every time I onboard a Microsoft internal team to Teams, so I really get it and agree with you guys! The more info and votes you give me, the more I can bring to the table with engineering.

As always, thanks for your help in making this product better and better.

Sincerely,
Suphatra
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I'll have to agree with everyone starting to pile on to this, we want private channels not just private teams. :)

 

Private channels help keep things organized without creating a lot of sprawl and duplication of work and content. Right now as others have said I'd have to have a Team for my whole team, and then a completely separate Team for the leadership members of that same team.

 

In doing so, I've ended up with two different file storage systems, two different Planner boards, two different team sites and calendars, etc etc etc. Some of these you can "hack" around potentially to do some permissions granting, but others simply won't cross over at all. Take Planner for example, say the Change team members of my larger team are using Planner to track their tasks. The completely separate leadership Team has no way to add that Planner board to their tabs since it cannot cross the boundary between two separate Teams. If these were separate channels however, the leadership team could simply pin the Change team's planner board and keep tabs on things without having to bounce around all over the place or potentially recreate that Planner board in a 2nd location and manually keep it in sync.

 

This concept of unique permissions is fairly pervasive in Office 365, and VERY well understood by this community. Maybe more of an engineering challenge since you're pushing the permissions trimming down to the Channel level where it sits at the Team level for now, but there is certainly value in doing so.

 

Happy to go through a requirements session on this with the team @Suphatra Rufo to help them generate some user stories. Let me know :)