Microsoft Loop | The perfect tool for hybrid work
The way we work has changed entirely in recent months, and it seems that the hybrid model could become the preferred model for companies. Microsoft wanted to promote this model even more among its Office suite, and we could see it in the last edition of Ignite 2021, where it presented its latest bet: Microsoft Loop.
In this tool, we find features of Notion and Microsoft Fluid, although with a newer interface and concept, where they want to do away with the usual large number of open windows to work simultaneously. We explain its features and peculiarities!
What is Microsoft Loop?
Microsoft Loop is an application that combines a robust and flexible interface with portable components that can be moved between the other applications of the Microsoft suite in a simple and synchronized way.
The main objective of Loop is to centralize all tasks to improve the organization of a team in real-time. Wangui McKelvey himself, General Manager of Microsoft 365, defined it as follows: “New types of content, formats, and channels demanded more flexible, powerful and fluid tools to allow everyone to deliver a more impactful message and collaborate at their own pace. That’s why Microsoft is evolving with the times”.
Microsoft Loop Elements
There are three main elements in Microsoft Loop: workspaces, pages, and components.
As its name suggests, it provides looped shared spaces that allow you and your team to see and group all the crucial elements of a project. It makes it easy to know what everyone is working on and track shared documents’ progress.
We find a canvas to organize our components and extract valuable elements such as links, files, or data that fit the specific needs of our project.
We can think of it as a whiteboard where we can insert and share components that may have been created outside the application itself.
These are atomic units of productivity that allow you to collaborate throughout the workflow (chat, email, meeting, document, etc.). Loop components range from lists or notes to more sophisticated elements such as sales opportunities in Dynamics 365. They can exist in multiple applications and are updated in real-time.
Benefits Microsoft Loop
Having such a collaborative and unitary tool seems impossible, but these are the significant advantages of Microsoft Loop:
- Cooperation: The tool allows you to co-create and take advantage of the ideas of the rest of the team, reinventing the way of working as a team.
- Everything in one place: You can organize all the elements needed for a project (files, links, data from other apps) in a single workspace.
- Real-time synchronization: It is effortless to use and facilitates the tracking of progress and co-creation of materials through notifications, status tagging, task lists, and more etc.
Microsoft Loop vs. Notion
If you are familiar with Microsoft Fluid and Fluid Components, the elements presented by Loop are probably familiar to you. And it’s evident because they share the same ones. Since it was introduced a few months ago, Microsoft has been working on reinventing office documents through utterly new software, but based exclusively on the Fluid concept.
In addition, for those of you who have had the opportunity to use Notion, the collaborative tool launched by the now-defunct Google Wave, it is sure to be very familiar to you.
Loop is clearly inspired by this online collaborative editor, which also allows creating notes, documents, managing projects, tasks, etc. All from the same app, organized in blocks and with cloud-based cross-platform synchronization. It is also divided into blocks, with hundreds of templates, although with a more minimalist interface.
We can’t yet say who will generate the most users on their hybrid tool, but Microsoft has come on strong with Loop.
When Microsoft Loop will be available
Although Microsoft has been talking about its new application for several months, we will still have to wait until the summer of 2022 to see it within all Office applications.
For the time being, it will be coming to Teams, Outlook, and OneNote, but the exact date is still uncertain, so we will be attentive to share it with you when it is launched.
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