Microsoft Loop: The New Collaborative Tool for Office

Microsoft has been releasing little glimpses of “Loop” for a little over a year, which will be its new Office application. Known until a few months ago with the code name “Fluid”, Microsoft Loop is a collaborative tool that will allow you to view and edit documents in real time. But what kind of documents?

Well, there is the grace of the matter, since Loop is presented as a space where all kinds of documents can be accommodated. From spreadsheets, Word documents, notes, PowerPoint presentations, or calendar appointments. Something like Google Docs but taken to the next level.

In this way, Microsoft Loop will have 3 levels. On the one hand, you will have a “hub” or activity center that will be the main application, but then you will also have pages and blocks. People will be able to access complete pages made up of different blocks of Word, Excel, etc., or only one of these blocks depending on the permissions assigned to each user.

The magic of all this is that you can work with Loop’s blocks from other Office applications such as Outlook, Teams, or OneNote. All this in an integrated way, leaving aside the concept of “What application do I need to work with this information?” and focusing more on the block of information itself, which can be a note in a calendar entry, or a shared list, just to give a couple of examples.

So What Exactly is Microsoft Loop?

In short, Loop is something like a blank slate where people can add their contributions, with the advantage that these contributions may have been developed with another application outside of the Loop itself (Excel, Outlook, Word, etc. ).

The global pandemic has made collaborative tools take a new, much more relevant approach, and with teleworking increasingly established in companies, this type of project has gone from being a curious idea to something necessary, if not essential.

It is clear that Microsoft does not want to be left behind seeing how Google or other similar competitors such as Notion eat the toast. In any case, Loop will still take a little longer to appear within the Office application suite, although the Loop components will begin to integrate with Teams, Outlook, and OneNote this same month of November, with the promise of seeing the independent application of Loop In the not too distant future.

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