[Faccus] Private channels now available in Microsoft Teams

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

What is happening? Private channels are now available in Microsoft Teams. 

What is a private channel? Channels are dedicated sections within a team to keep conversations organized by specific topics, projects, etc. Private channels can be used to limit those conversations to a subset of people within a team. For example:

  • Creating a separate work space for a group or project (e.g. a private channel for IT staff within your department's team)
  • Creating a separate chat space for users to discuss sensitive information (e.g. budgeting)

How do I create a private channel? 

  • Team owners can create private channels by default. 
  • Team members require the 'Allow members to create private channels' setting to be enabled by the Team owner. 
    • This permission must be enabled at the Team level.
  • While Team owners can view the list of private channels created within their Team, private channel content can only be viewed by the specific users who have been added to the channel.
  • Each team can have a maximum of 30 private channels and each private channel can have a maximum of 250 members.

Note: Private channel permissions must be managed through Microsoft Teams. Permissions modified externally (e.g. in the channel's SharePoint site) will be overwritten.

When should I create a private channel vs. creating a new team? Creating a new team is recommended if a subgroup of users within an existing team require a separate place for content (e.g. Planner, Forms, Bots). For a detailed list of considerations, visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/private-channels#when-to-create-a-private-channel 

Learn more about private channels in Microsoft Teams: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/private-channels.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357.

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