With the announcement that Shared Channels in Microsoft teams is now generally available, it’s worth considering the different types of channels.
There are now three types of channels available within a Team:
- Standard Channel
- Private Channel
- Shared Channel
|Feature||Standard Channel||Private Channel||Shared Channel|
|Description||Channel for all team members||Channel for a sub set of team members||Channel available to be shared with team members and none team members|
|Guests Permitted (subject to organisation level controls)||YesBoth Azure AD and Consumer email||YesBoth Azure AD and Consumer email||YesAzure AD only|
|Tabs Available||Full Range||Limited. Notable exceptions are Tasks (Planner) and Calendar||Limited. Notable exceptions are Tasks (Planner) and Calendar|
|Compliance Conversation Storage||Group Mailbox||Member mailboxes||Dedicated Mailbox|
|Files Stored||Team SharePoint Site / Documents /Channel||Channel SharePoint Site / Documents*||Channel SharePoint Site / Documents|
|External Access Controlled from||External Collaboration settingsB2B Collaboration settings||External Collaboration settingsB2B Collaboration settings||External Collaboration settingsB2B Direct Connect settings|
*Note: That Channel sites used to create a channel folder in the Documents library as for standard channels. However this is no longer the case going forward. Older private channels will keep their existing structure.