Teams Private Channels

Private channels are finally here! The most-requested feature on Microsoft’s User Voice forum, which has been in development for more than two years, was finally released during the company’s Ignite event in early November.

Microsoft Teams Private channels “create focused spaces for collaboration within your teams. Only the Team users who are owners or members of the private channel can access the channel,” according to a Microsoft web page. “Anyone, including guests, can be added as a member of a private channel as long as they are already members of the team.”

Private channels enable Teams admins to have more control over access to certain content. Sensitive material can be limited to those who are specifically invited to view/collaborate on it. Private channels can allow a management-only channel for discussion within a larger Team, for example. A channel might be created for internal discussions in a Team set up as part of an extranet to work with customers or suppliers.

Private channels do not support functions including Stream, Planner, and Forms. Microsoft says it is working on full apps support for private channels, including messaging extensions and bots.

Each Team can have a maximum of 30 private channels and each private channel can have a maximum of 250 members. The 30 private channel limit is in addition to the 200 standard channel limit per team.

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