In late October, the Microsoft Loop application leaked online. While not much was known about the app, it was expected to be announced shortly. It turns out we only needed to wait until Ignite 2021, where Microsoft Loop has today been officially unveiled.
As expected, the app ties into Microsoft Office/Microsoft 365 applications, allowing collaboration across teams.
Microsoft explains Loop is built on three elements: Loop pages, Loop workspaces, and Loop components, all of which lens to the idea this is a social media app for inter-organization use. Each component, like the Loop app itself, is built on the open source Fluid Framework.
The app allows users to engage in real-time collaboration on an enterprise scale. Available in preview now on Microsoft 365 apps like OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams, with more tools to come soon.
Microsoft details the components with the following descriptions:
- “Loop components are atomic units of productivity that allow users to complete work and collaborate in the flow of work – on a Loop page, in a chat, email, document or online meeting. Loop components can be as simple as lists, tables and notes or as sophisticated as a customer sales opportunity from Dynamics 365. Because Loop components stay in sync across Microsoft 365 apps, users are always working with the latest information.
- Loop pages are flexible canvases where users can organize their components and pull in helpful elements like links, files or data in ways that suit their specific project needs. Loop pages can start small and continue to grow to match the size of the ideas.
- Loop workspaces are shared spaces that allow users to see and group everything important to their project. Loop workspaces make it easy for users to catch up on what everyone is working on, react to ideas and track progress toward shared goals.”
More Components Coming
Microsoft points out these components are just the start, with more to be added in the future. For example, Microsoft will add a voting table that makes it easy to poll team members and increase decision making. A status tracker allows companies to track progress and can real-time views of projects.
Furthermore, Microsoft Loop components will be added from other Microsoft services. For example, Microsoft Graph Connecter integrations, Dynamics 365 records and more. However, these may not come for some time as Microsoft is promising more details at Build 2022 (like next May).