What is Microsoft Loop?

Microsoft’s collaboration revolution

Back in November 2021 the Microsoft Ignite conference was practically vibrating with excitement following the announcement of Microsoft’s latest collaboration offering, Microsoft Loop. Fast forward to today we are still waiting on an official release date, but we do have some early features that you can try out now and lots of information regarding what’s to come.

What is Microsoft Loop?

Microsoft define Microsoft Loop as an application that “combines a powerful and flexible canvas with portable components that move freely and stay in sync across apps”. But what does that mean? Microsoft Loop will integrate with all your existing Microsoft 365 applications giving you the power to share, edit and synchronise content across your team.

Ignite Video Introduction to Microsoft Loop 

 

Microsoft Loop is made up of three elements: Loop Components, Loop Pages, and Loop Workspaces.

Loop Components – individual components such as a table or a piece of text. Components can be shared within Teams chat, email and documents.

Key Feature = Permissions can be set to decide who can only view and who can edit.

 

Loop Pages – collaborative documents with multiple Loop Components, so everything that is being edited is synchronised and organised within one place. When a Loop Component is created, a Loop Page will automatically be created storing that loop and a link will also be generated for access.

Key Feature = Loop Pages lets you access and restore earlier versions just in case an error has occurred.

 

Loop Workspaces – a standalone app where multiple Loop Pages can be created but also other types of content can be added such as documents, links, and other types of content. Loop Workspaces if perfect for specific projects as your team can keep track of their tasks in real-time.

Key Feature = different tasks can be set, and all related documents, Loop Components and Loop Pages can be added to the tasks so everyone can edit at the same time.

 

Microsoft Loop screen images

Features Available Now

Loop Components can be utilised by Microsoft 365 Commercial licence holders across apps like Teams, Outlook, and OneNote. Look for the Loop logo to create a new component and start collaborating.

Loop components

 

What’s Next?

Microsoft have an estimated release date of the first half of 2022 for the full release of Microsoft Loop. To stay up to date with all the latest Microsoft news, tips and advice sign up to our monthly Microsoft newsletter. Sign-Up HERE

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