What’s Microsoft Loop?
- 1.1 Microsoft Loop Features
- 1.2 Microsoft Loop Releases Timeline
- 1.3 How to enable Microsoft Loop in your Organization?
On March 22nd 2023, Microsoft announced the Public Preview of Microsoft Loop, which is now available for use with either a Microsoft Personal Account or a Work account. However, if you attempt to sign in with a Work account, you may encounter an error message stating that “The Loop app is not enabled in your organization“. This is likely due to the fact that The Loop app is not automatically enabled within your organization’s tenant by default.
In this post, we will learn What’s Microsoft Loop and How to enable it in your tenant to avoid the message “The Loop app is not enabled in your organization“.
What’s Microsoft Loop?
Microsoft Loop is a new productivity platform designed to help teams collaborate more effectively by providing a centralized hub for team communication, project management, and content creation.
Micrsooft Loop empowers you to structure your ideas, materials, and assets as your project progresses. The portable content components of Loop synchronize seamlessly across apps, ensuring that they remain current and accessible regardless of where they are shared within M365.
Within the new Loop application, you can navigate through workspaces, which are communal areas that facilitate collaboration and organization of everything that is crucial to your project.
Additionally, you can utilize pages, which are flexible canvases that enable you to aggregate individuals and all of your content, links, assignments, and data.
At the first look, and in my humble opinion, Microsoft Loop is considered a new evolution of OneNote, equipped with synchronization and integration capabilities with other Microsoft 365 apps. It is possible that it may eventually replace OneNote altogether.
Microsoft Loop Features
As we earlier mentioned, Microsoft Loop is a productivity platform that aims to enhance collaboration and teamwork among users.
Below are some of the key features of Loop include:
Loop’s workspaces allow users to collaborate and organize everything important to their projects in one place.
Loop’s pages provide a flexible canvas where users can bring together content, links, tasks, and data.
Loop offers 10 customizable templates for common scenarios such as meeting notes, project plans, and brainstorming sessions.
Currently, it’s not possible for you to generate your own template, however, it is anticipated that this will become a newly added functionality when it is be in generally available.
Loop’s portable pieces of content, or components, synchronize across apps and stay up to date wherever they are shared across Microsoft 365 including, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word for the web, and Whiteboard.
Integration & Synchronization
Loop integrates with other Microsoft apps and services, such as Teams, OneDrive, and Office, to enable seamless collaboration across different tools.
@mentions & Comments
Loop supports @mentions, which allow users to tag other users in a comment and send them a notification.
Loop includes task management features that allow users to create, assign, and track tasks within a workspace or page.
Loop supports real-time co-authoring, which enables multiple users to work on a page or document simultaneously.
Microsoft Loop Releases Timeline
Below is the Timeline for the Microsoft Loop Releases:
- At Microsoft Build 2022, Microsoft announced a private preview for developers to create their first Microsoft Loop components.
- On July 19th, 2022, Microsoft announced a developer private preview for Adaptive Card-based Loop components that stay in sync and move freely across Microsoft 365 apps, starting with Microsoft Teams chat and Microsoft Outlook.
- On Ignite 2022, precisely on Oct 12, 2022, Microsoft announced the Private Preview for Microsoft Loop.
- In November 2022, the Q&A Loop component to collect answers in real time is rolled out.
- On March 22, 2023, Microsoft announced the Public Preview of Microsoft Loop as well as releasing the iOS and Android versions of the app.
You can access the public preview on March 22nd at Microsoft Loop.
How to enable Microsoft Loop in your Organization?
As we mentioned earlier, if you attempt to sign in with a Work account, you may encounter an error message stating that
“The Loop app is not enabled in your organization“.Loop must be enabled by your admin to log in and collaborate within your organization.
This is likely due to the fact that The Loop app is not automatically enabled within your organization’s tenant by default.
The Loop app is not enabled in your organization
To enable Microsoft Loop in your tenant, and avoid this message “The Loop app is not enabled in your organization“, you as an IT Admin have to manage Microsoft Cloud Policy by doing the following:
- Create a Security Group.
- Create a Cloud Policy.
1) Create a new Security Group
To enable the Microsoft Loop application for your organization during Public Preview, the first step is to create a security group encompassing all the users in your organization whom you wish to authorize to access the Loop app.
- As Global administrator login to Azure Portal at https://portal.azure.com/.
- Click on Manage Azure Active Directory.
- From the right side, Click on “Groups“.
- Click on “New Group“.
- On the “New Group” page, opt for “Security” under the “Group type” section, and proceed to input a name and description for the newly formed group as you prefer then click on “Create“.
- At the Owners section, add the owners as you prefer.
- At the Members, add the users who you want to grant access to the Loop app during Public Preview.
2) Create a Cloud Policy
The second step to enable the Microsoft Loop application for your organization during Public Preview is creating a Cloud Policy as the following:
- Login to the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center at Microsoft 365 Apps admin center (office.com)
- On the left side, click on Customization > Policy Management > Create to create a new policy for the Loop App in your tenant.
- Provide the Policy name and Description as you prefer, then click on “Next“
- Select the scope and to which group the policy configuration applies, then click on “Next“.
- Now, search fro Loop in the search box to filter all related policies as below:
- Create and view Loop files in Microsoft apps that support Loop
- Create and view Loop files in Loop
- Create and view Loop files in Outlook
- Click on each policy, and enable it as shown below
- Repeat the above step for all other policies till get all configured as shown below
- Click “Next” to review your Microsoft Loop Policy then click on “Create“.
- Great the Microsoft Loop Policy has been configured successfully.
Once the Microsoft Loop policy has been created, it is necessary to wait for approximately an hour for the configuration to spread and subsequently access Loop by logging in to https://loop.microsoft.com/
In conclusion, Microsoft Loop is a collaborative workspace application designed to enhance productivity and teamwork that enables the creation of structured or unstructured content to work across various devices.
In this post, we learned how to create a Microsoft Loop Cloud Policy to enable the Microsoft Loop application for your organization during Public Preview without getting “The Loop app is not enabled in your organization“.