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Microsoft Brings Another Great Tool to 365: Loop

By Matthew Kaufman April 4, 2023
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Just last week, Microsoft launched another impressive tool within 365 that KaufmanIT clients should be aware of: Loop. One of our internal teams is already using the tool to manage projects and is excited by what it can do.

In short, Loop is a collaboration platform that makes it easier for teams to work together in real-time.

Shared project workspaces? You might be thinking, ‘been there, done that.’

But with Loop, the ability for users to work across their various Microsoft 365 tools is where the power comes from.

For instance, once a Loop workspace is created, components of it can be shared with others via email or Teams. The recipient can make changes to the component without ever leaving their Outlook box or Teams channel, and those comments or edits will update the Loop workspace in real-time.

It also appears the new AI assistant, Copilot, will be embedded in Loop once that engine is released in the coming weeks.

The following 2-minute video gives a great rundown of how Loop operates

*Important Note: Loop is now available to all Microsoft 365 users at no cost, but only in Preview mode, which means it needs to be permissioned at the admin level for users to gain access. It’s not as straight forward a setup process as an app in full release, so feel free to contact us for help.

Here are some more benefits found in Loop

  • Flexible Workflow: The tool offers a flexible workflow that allows users to work on different aspects of a project, from brainstorming ideas to creating content and reviewing it.
  • Seamless Integration: Loop is designed to work seamlessly with other Microsoft Office tools, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams, providing users with a unified and streamlined experience.
  • Efficient Communication: Loop’s built-in commenting and messaging features enable efficient team communication. Team members can give feedback, ask questions, and resolve issues quickly.
  • Customizable Templates: Microsoft Loop offers a variety of customizable templates, making it easy to create meeting notes, project plans, reports, and other types of documents.
  • File Sharing: Loop integrates with OneDrive for seamless file sharing and collaboration within channels. Version history for files is also provided.
  • Cloud-based Storage: Loop saves all your documents and data on the cloud. This makes them accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Easy-to-Use Interface: The tool has an intuitive and user-friendly interface. This makes it easy for users to get started and navigate the different features.
  • Enhanced Security: Microsoft Loop provides enterprise-grade security features. These features include data encryption and access controls. They protect your data and prevent unauthorized access.
  • Mobile App: The tool includes a mobile app. This enables users to work on the go, collaborate with their team, and access their documents from anywhere.
  • AI-powered Features: Loop uses AI-powered features to assist users with tasks such as formatting, writing suggestions, and content organization. Making it easier and faster to create high-quality documents.

Bottom line: Loop is another powerful platform that now exists in your Microsoft 365 toolbox. And like Bookings with Me, which I wrote about last week, it offers a potential cost savings to companies who might be paying for a separate workspace collaboration tool.

Again, we’re here to help you set up Loop, if needed!

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