Microsoft has finally released its Loop app for public preview on Web, Android, and iOS after two years of development. The app lets users work on projects with live-updating components that can be incorporated into Microsoft 365 apps like Word and Outlook. It allows users to assign tasks, comment, react, share project pages, and track progress. The app also features Microsoft 365 Copilot, an AI-powered tool that provides suggestions to help kickstart projects, such as creating a mission statement or summarizing workspace documents.
Users can contribute photos via the mobile app, making it easier to work on projects on-the-go. Currently, only those with a work account can try the mobile apps, but anyone can use the Loop app on the web. Personal support for mobile will be available soon, according to Microsoft. Although Copilot is limited to a private test, it will be available in the coming months.
The Loop app is not a Google Wave redux, but an attempt to unify and sync collaborative efforts in an era where people use apps like Asana for task tracking and Slack for chat. The challenge for Microsoft is to persuade users that Loop can replace the many collaborative apps they already use, while also competing against Google’s productivity suite.
Features of the Loop app include:
- Live-updating components that can be dropped into Microsoft 365 apps
- Task assignment synced with Planner and To Do
- Commenting, reacting, sharing project pages, and progress tracking
- Microsoft 365 Copilot, an AI-powered tool for project suggestions
- Contribution of photos via mobile app
Loop’s public preview is now available on web, Android, and iOS, giving users a chance to try out Microsoft’s latest offering for collaborative work.