Microsoft's latest offering, Microsoft Loop, is set to revolutionize the way teams collaborate on projects. The tool is similar to the workspace app Notion, but Loop's shareable components let you turn any page into a real-time block of content that can be pasted into Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word on the web, and Whiteboard, making it a truly collaborative experience.
Loop is designed to prioritize collaboration and co-creation, with a main interface that looks much like Notion. Loop pages are like blank canvases where people can share and collaborate, with initial templates designed to help you get started. When you create a workspace, Loop will even search for all the relevant Office documents you’ve been working on, making it easy to add the ones you need to organize a project.
The project and task management features are largely what you’d expect here, but it’s the collaborative parts of Loop that look the most impressive. Microsoft developed Loop during the pandemic and the increase of hybrid work to help fill the gaps of working in virtual teams. That led to nudges, a way to drop an emoji on a canvas that animates to show appreciation for co-workers or highlight something important in projects.
The mobile Loop app is designed for capturing photos, ideas, and more, and the tool is set to become even more impressive with Microsoft's 365 Copilot system. This AI-powered system will allow users to create a brainstorm or blueprint, with Microsoft adapting its Copilot to support a multiplayer mode where users can ask the AI chatbot questions and manipulate the responses. The responses are a live canvas, so users can edit them freely and then share them in Outlook and Teams.
Notion has a similar AI-powered system that goes much further. You can use it to analyze meeting notes, create summaries, surface important information, and rewrite or generate text. Notion also has a neat web clipper feature that lets you import any page on the web.
Microsoft is now opening up Loop to public preview, allowing businesses and even consumers to get access to an early version of the software. If you have a Microsoft Account or Azure Active Directory account, you can get access through the web app, and iOS and Android versions will also be available to businesses today and consumers soon.
With Microsoft Loop, the future of team collaboration is looking brighter than ever before. It's a tool designed to make working on projects together seamless, intuitive, and enjoyable. With its focus on collaboration and co-creation, Microsoft Loop is set to become a must-have tool for teams everywhere.