At Ignite 2023 last week, Microsoft launched its collaborative app and service, Microsoft Loop, to Microsoft 365 commercial users. Alongside this release, Microsoft has introduced a powerful new feature allowing users to automatically export tables from Loop to Excel spreadsheets. Aimed at improving collaboration and data handling, the integration ensures that data gathered within Loop can be seamlessly transferred to Excel for further analysis and calculation, utilizing Excel's robust computational capabilities.
Streamlined Data Management for Teams
With the latest update, teams can now gather data within Loop and then leverage the full suite of Excel functions for advanced calculations. Loop has been carefully designed to ensure its table data corresponds effectively with Excel's formatting, preserving the integrity and structure of the data during the export process. Microsoft 365 commercial users can easily access this feature by creating or opening a table in Loop, clicking on the six-dot menu, and selecting the ‘Export to Excel' option. The resulting Excel file is then accessible through their OneDrive and SharePoint accounts, enabling centralized access and further collaboration.
Future Enhancements and Availability
The release of Loop indicates Microsoft's commitment to enhancing its suite of productivity tools, with further features on the horizon. Among these forthcoming additions is the capability to create a Loop workspace after a Microsoft Teams meeting. Microsoft is also working on providing workspace descriptions and status updates that will be integral for project management, especially concerning deadlines. These features are currently being tested in a private preview format.
The new Excel export functionality is available to users with a Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 commercial license. There has been no official announcement on whether this feature will be expanded to include consumer Microsoft 365 users. The continual growth of Loop, as evidenced by the integration with Excel and planned updates, signifies Microsoft's dedication to evolving its collaborative environment to meet the needs of modern workplaces.