Microsoft Loop, a new Office collaboration app launched yesterday by the technology giant and takes the company’s Fluid Framework vision a step further. It offers users a seamless way to collaborate on specific content, such as a table or chart, synchronized with multiple Office apps.
A spreadsheet you create, for example, in Outlook, would be instantly updated when it is inserted into a Word document and enters new information.
Like Fluid Framework, the main component of the new app is its Loop Components, which the tech giant calls “atomic units of productivity.” Users can arrange components in Loop Pages, a new type of document that can contain files and links similar to Google Docs.
There are also Loop Workspaces, a method for displaying components and pages related to specific projects. Workspaces make it easier for users to learn about what colleagues are working on, respond to others’ ideas or track progress toward common goals.
Now that everyone seems to work online across multiple documents, it makes sense to have a method to seamlessly synchronize elements within these files.