WHAT WILL LOOP DO FOR YOU?
- Get tasks done faster together. Crowd-source an agenda, track a group’s task list, or take notes collectively. These are just a few scenarios made possible by Loop components.
- Co-create content efficiently. Once you send a component, team members can edit the content right inside your chat message. You will see who made the edits.
- Start in chat, build from there. Every component you create from a Teams chat is automatically saved as .fluid file in OneDrive. So you might kick off an effort in a Loop component then later move to the file, where you have a larger space for editing.
- Stay up-to-date. No matter where people are editing, the component will always show the latest updates. There is no need to save or re-share, as Loop components are automatically saved to OneDrive in real time. You never have to worry about losing your work.
Loop components are currently available in Teams chat and meetings.
LOOP COMPONENTS IN TEAMS CHAT:
Loop components in Teams chat allow you to send a message with a table, task list, or list that can be co-authored and edited by everyone in line. It’s also shareable across Office applications like Outlook.
Easily share ideas, gather feedback, collaborate on content, and make collective decisions, all without having to manage long chat threads.
When you send a Loop component, everyone in your chat can edit it inline—and see changes instantly. That means you can collaborate right inside a chat message. To give it a try, go to the messaging area and start with a blank message. Select Loop components , choose a component type, enter some content to guide your collaboration, and press Send . Everyone in your chat will be able to edit your message.
THEY ARE SAVED AUTOMATICALLY:
Loop components are saved automatically to your OneDrive, which means you can find them from Office.com in addition to Teams. We suggest giving your components easy-to-remember titles (the title is also used for the file name) to help you search for and find them quickly.
THE POSSIBILITIES FOR COLLABORATION ARE ENDLESS:
Below are five common uses for Loop components. But once you get started, you’ll likely discover new ways to help your team work more efficiently together.
Co-authoring: Want help from your team to find the right words? Use Loop components to wordsmith the intro to a presentation, an upcoming social media post, or even an important email to a client.
Brainstorming: Ask others to share their ideas, whether you’re looking for names for a new product or topics to discuss at your next team meeting. Use a bulleted or numbered list component to help stay organized.
Compiling data: Send out a table component with clearly labeled columns and rows to your team. In each cell, describe the data you need and @mention the person you believe can provide it. You can also use a table for a simple sign-up sheet.
Managing projects: The task list component offers a super light-weight way to assign work with due dates to people on your team. (Be sure to @mention them so they’re notified they have a task.) When work is completed, each person can mark their task as done. It’s pretty gratifying, actually—the task gets crossed off the list, right before your eyes.
Focusing a discussion: You can use a component as a “mini breakout room” to have a place to focus on a single topic while the main chat thread covers wider ground. This is especially useful when you’re trying to reach alignment and close decisions. A few tips:
- You can always click on any content and hover your mouse there briefly to see who contributed that part of the discussion.
- When asking questions or noting differences of opinion, you may want to insert a comment because this attributes whatever you type to you. Type // inside the component, then select Comment.
- Pin the message with your component for as long as your discussion is active, so it’s easy for everyone to get back to. Go to More options , then select Pin . You’ll find your message pinned to the top of your chat.
COMPONENTS ARE EASILY SHARED AND ALWAYS REFLECT THE LATEST CHANGES:
You can start a Loop component in one chat, then share it to another to invite more people to collaborate. Select Copy link in the upper right corner of the component, then paste (Ctrl + V) into the chat you want. No matter where edits are made, the component will always show the latest changes.
HOW TO GET STARTED:
- Go to a Teams chat. It can be within a meeting, one-on-one, or group chat. Before you start typing a message, select the Insert Loop component icon.
- Pick one of the six Loop component types and send the component to other users in the chat.
- All members of the chat automatically have edit access and can share the component with others outside the chat. As the creator, you have the option to set the permissions for the component.
To Learn more about Loops check out this Microsoft documentation. Overview of Loop components in Teams – Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Learn
Learn how to enable the Microsoft Loop app, now in Public Preview – Microsoft Community Hub