Monday, May 29, 2023

New Microsoft Loop app is constructed for co-creation

In the present day is the beginning of the Microsoft Loop app journey and we’re thrilled to announce the Loop app is obtainable in public preview!

Paperwork have at all times been greater than only a technique of recording data—they’ve been a means for us to attach and collaborate, sharing our ideas, insights, and aspirations with others in order that we might obtain extra by constructing off one another fairly than working alone.

However the way in which we work collectively has gone by important adjustments over time. Now, in our present panorama, we encounter extra ambiguity and uncertainty than ever, requiring us to co-create in fast-paced and dynamic environments. We want instruments that embrace the messiness of our artistic course of and may adapt to our ever-evolving wants.

Microsoft Loop icon with blue and purple ombre background.

Microsoft Loop app

A transformative co-creation expertise that brings collectively groups, content material, and duties throughout your instruments and units.

That’s why we developed Microsoft Loop. At its core, Microsoft Loop is about individuals—individuals who wish to create along with ease, regardless of the place they’re or what instruments they use. It’s a transformative co-creation expertise that brings collectively groups, content material, and duties throughout your instruments and units. We’ve beforehand shared the three key components of Microsoft Loop: elements, workspaces, and pages. The brand new Loop app is the place you possibly can entry all of those. Watch this video for a fast refresh and to take a look at a number of the newest improvements!

Now that you just’re acquainted with Microsoft Loop, learn on to study extra in regards to the thrilling new capabilities you possibly can leverage in Microsoft Loop to assume, plan, and create collectively like by no means earlier than.

Set up every part and everybody to your venture

With all of the instruments, paperwork, recordsdata, and hyperlinks that your workforce wants, it’s straightforward to really feel overwhelmed. Microsoft Loop helps you arrange every part you want to your venture right into a single workspace and even does the trying to find you to kick it off. Merely add a workspace title and every other related key phrases, and Microsoft Loop will counsel essentially the most related items so as to add to your workspace. Select which of them so as to add and create your workspace—content material might be organized into pages that you would be able to simply view.

A visual of Loop jumpstarting a workspace by searching for content based on keywords.

One of many challenges of a venture is how shortly it evolves. Microsoft Loop’s versatile workspaces allow you and your workforce to maintain tempo. Begin new pages simply with templates and drag and drop pages or blocks of content material to construction your workspace the way in which that’s greatest for you and your workforce.

Every part you want is at your fingertips with the insert menu. Simply sort “/” so as to add a label, dwell date, photographs, emojis, tables, checklists, and extra—all with out disturbing the stream of your work. Or just sort “@” and select from advised recordsdata and folks based mostly on the context of your writing. These easy instructions mean you can remark and react to one another’s work; constructing on concepts, resolving points, and making selections shortly.

The insert menu enabling you to add a label, live date, images, emojis, tables, checklists and more.

When engaged on a dynamic venture, you typically have to share items of knowledge with totally different teams of individuals, a few of which will not be inside your quick venture workforce. Microsoft Loop elements mean you can decompose data, sharing simply the suitable components with the suitable individuals. Flip any content material on a Loop web page right into a part, then merely copy and paste throughout M365 apps, together with Groups chat, Outlook, Whiteboard, and rolling out for Phrase for the net.

Turning content on a Loop page into a Loop component.

Share complete pages as effectively, both as a hyperlink or as a dwell web page. Individuals can reply to you within the stream of their work. As an example, an individual who prefers e mail can add their enter to the Loop part or web page from their e mail. The adjustments will replace throughout all of the locations the place the part or web page was shared.

As totally different parts of the venture progress, Microsoft Loop might help preserve everybody updated and centered on crucial features of the work.

Keep in sync and on observe with Microsoft Loop

Working with nice teammates is efficient and rewarding however with fast-moving initiatives and workstreams, staying knowledgeable and preserving observe of every part can really feel like a herculean activity. Microsoft Loop is right here to assist with options like progress trackers and customized labels that assist preserve your workforce aligned on dynamic workstreams. Duties you assign within the Loop app and within the activity checklist part sync throughout Microsoft Planner and To Do so that you at all times have the most recent checklist of what you must concentrate on. Feedback, nudges, reactions, and emojis make it easier to specific your self as you’re employed together with your workforce.

A table on a Loop page with labels and nudges.

Microsoft Loop helps you and your workforce not solely keep on prime of fast-moving initiatives but in addition gives you with the management you must really feel assured and comfy.

Keep in management with notifications from the Loop app

Notifications make it easier to handle your time and a focus within the stream of labor—out of your desktop to on-the-go with cellular. Within the Loop app, the notification feed retains observe of your mentions, assigned duties, and replies. You can too view notifications, making it straightforward to leap proper in and reply.

Notifications in the Loop app and in the Loop mobile app. Notifications include tasks assigned, at mentions, and replies.

With Microsoft Loop, you’re in management. While you create Loop elements, safety and permission settings apply similar to they do for Phrase, Excel, and PowerPoint.  In Loop pages and elements, simply view who has entry to the web page or part and all of the locations it’s been shared. You can too discover what you’re on the lookout for with search within the Loop app. Microsoft Loop is built-in with Microsoft 365, so you possibly can even set a customized filter for Loop elements and pages to shortly discover what you want.

Where you can view the locations a component has been shared and people it's been shared with.

Keep within the loop throughout units

Whether or not you’re transferring from the desk to the sofa or making an extended trek, the Microsoft Loop cellular app was constructed with flexibility in thoughts. Rapidly catch up by accessing your venture content material from one place in your telephone. Simply navigate between workspaces and pages with icons that present a visible information; seize concepts by merely snapping a photograph of one thing that evokes you and including it to your workspace; or proceed constructing on the concepts of others with out ready till you’re again at your pc. With the Microsoft Loop cellular app, you possibly can proceed co-creating wherever you’re!

The Loop mobile app on two screens. The screen on the left shows workspaces. The screen on the right shows comments.

Unlock new potentialities with Copilot in Loop

That is solely the start for Microsoft Loop. We’re excited to roll out new capabilities to repeatedly make it easier to co-create. Final week, we introduced Microsoft 365 Copilot—your copilot for work. Copilot combines the ability of next-generation AI together with your Microsoft 365 apps and information. Copilot in Loop offers you AI-powered options to assist rework the way in which you create and collaborate. It guides you with prompts like create, brainstorm, blueprint, and describe. Or just sort in a immediate, like “assist me create a mission assertion.”

Like the remainder of Microsoft Loop, Copilot in Loop was constructed for co-creation. As you and your teammates work, any of you possibly can return to earlier prompts, add language to refine the output, and edit the generated responses to get higher, personalised outcomes. Then share your work as a Loop part to satisfy your teammates the place they’re, in Groups, Outlook, Whiteboard, or Phrase for the net. Copilot in Loop is presently in non-public preview.

Animated demonstration of Copilot in Loop providing prompts.

Copilot in Loop additionally helps when you must perceive important data shortly with summarization. Copilot helps everybody get to the purpose by summarizing the content material of a Loop web page and the content material of paperwork linked within the workspace. You’ll be able to edit summaries so as to add extra element or context and ship them to others as Loop elements to maintain everybody in sync. Summarization capabilities in Loop will start rolling out within the subsequent few months.

Summary of a Loop page about planning an event.

Attempt Microsoft Loop as we speak

In public preview, the Loop app is obtainable as we speak! Go to Microsoft Loop to get began on the net. To obtain the cellular app, go to the Loop cellular app for Android and Loop iOS app (the cellular app is obtainable for work accounts as we speak and coming quickly for private accounts). For those who’re an IT admin, assessment the Settings administration for Loop app to allow Microsoft Loop to your group. On this public preview, we wish to hear from you to assist enhance your expertise. Ship us your suggestions within the app to assist us form the journey.

We’ve been working intently with prospects in a non-public preview in addition to studying from our personal groups. Try how Clipchamp has been utilizing Loop to create collectively throughout time zones and workstreams, serving to individuals inform tales by video. Watch the video under and take a look at this text.

Wish to know extra about Loop? Try the next assets to go extra in-depth:

Suppose, plan, and create collectively like by no means earlier than with Microsoft Loop!

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