Last month, Microsoft announced that it would launch Shared Channels in Teamssometime this summer. However, it seems that the company has decided to postpone the release date of this feature until November 2021, as noted by Microsoft MVP Vesa Nopanen.
Indeed, the software giant quietly updated the Microsoft 365 roadmap list last week to reflect the delay, and it now suggests the Shared Channels (Microsoft Teams Connect) feature will be available sometime in November this year. Rish Tandon, CVP of Microsoft Teams Engineering, confirmed this change in a tweet, saying the team is currently in the process of incorporating user feedback before making this feature available to everyone.
“Teams connect is the brand. Shared channels is the concept. We’ve gotten valuable feedback from people who used shared channels in the early alpha version and we’re addressing this. Hence the delay. The team is working on it and working on the feedback,” Tandon wrote on Twitter.
Microsoft Teams Connect allows users to collaborate with third parties and customers in shared channels. They can access these channels in the main app window, in addition to standard channels and private channels. Shared channels offer all features, such as chatting, document co-creation, and real-time content sharing with external users.
The Shared Channels experience was rolled out in a private preview during Microsoft Ignite Spring 2021. The company will continue to listen to the feedback to refine the functionality and infrastructure while the feature is in preview. It’s one of the long-awaited features that allows Microsoft Teams to compete with Slack, allowing up to 20 organizations to collaborate with Slack Connect.