The so-called Notion’s end, Microsoft Loop, has kept us in the loop for over a year. Yet there is no official release date from Microsoft.
However, from the heart of the internet, I have gathered information on it and laid it on in this Microsoft Loop vs. Notion battle.
What are both
Microsoft Loop will be a part of the Microsoft 365 package, among other Microsoft productivity apps.
Loop is built so that it seamlessly integrates with other apps letting you share your text, ideas, tasks, lists, and everything else with other apps.
It has components like we see blocks in Notion, but what makes it different is its unique interface.
Some of Loop’s options are already integrated into Outlook and Microsoft Teams, but we will see more of it this year.
Notion is a note-taking and documentation app that lets you add blocks. You find over 50 block types from standard text to embed.
Notion’s real power lies in its views. You can create a basic note and convert it into the calendar, kanban board, or gallery view to see the project from a different perspective.
For example, adding a date property to a note will let you convert it to the calendar to see notes on the set dates.
Notion is available on desktop and mobile platforms.
Loop is not available for everyone yet, and in its introduction video, Microsoft has shown it working on the web, desktop, and in other Microsoft apps, but we don’t know much about the mobile version.
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Loop is integrated with Microsoft products. This makes it a huge deal considering over a million companies use it.
With Loop, you can add text, tasks, lists, whiteboards, galleries, and more, and all those components can be shared in apps like Teams, Outlook, and Calendar.
You can even create Loop components inside of other Microsoft apps. Similarly, you will be able to link to documents inside Loop components.
Notion may benefit in terms of integrations because it can already be integrated with many apps, including ClickUp, Asana, and Slack.
Another benefit Notion has is that it supports third-party widgets. Widgets act like blocks that are unsupported in Notion initially.
For example, Notion has no whiteboard block; however, you can add a whiteboard to a Notion page with a whiteboard widget.
Check out the best Notion widgets if you want to know more.
While comparing Loop vs. Notion, I found that collaboration is a massive part of Loop, allowing users to work on projects, single tasks, and even emails.
A video by Keep Productive shows multiple users working on a FAQ component in Outlook. Also, Microsoft’s video about Loop shows real-time collaboration.
On the other hand, Notion lets you add up to ten users to work on projects for free. You can add more on its premium plans.
Templates take Notion to another level. Some of the templates look unrealistic, which is its advantage. It will take Microsoft time to build templates if Loop does not have any.
Notion has both light and dark modes. With Microsoft adding dark modes to its apps, we expect to see a dark mode on Loop.
In fact, in the Loop introduction video (above video), we can see the dark mode of Loop for a few seconds.
This is the turning point for most, as Notion is free to use. Microsoft Office has free web and mobile apps, but the desktop versions are premium. With the new Microsoft 365 app, the same will follow.
The current subscription for Microsoft Office 365 costs $6.99 monthly for individuals, and the Microsoft 365 FAQs say that there won’t be any subscription changes, so I assume that Microsoft 365 will cost the same.
Notion has a few premium plans: Plus, Business, and Enterprise.
The Plus plan costs $8 per user monthly and offers a 30-day version history, unlimited storage, and teams of up to 100 users.
The Business plan costs $15 per creator and offers business-focused options. The Enterprise plan is for large teams and can only be subscribed to after contacting the sales team.
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Which is for you
Notion is well-suited for individuals and teams. It’s great for databases, documentation, and tasks. Loop is more focused on teams. If you are an individual, Loop won’t make any significant difference.
However, if you are in a team and already subscribed to Microsoft Office, you will benefit more from Loop.
Microsoft Loop vs. Notion: Links
Loop is not yet released, so we don’t know much about it. This Microsoft Loop vs. Notion will be updated as more features are released.
Please let me know what you think of Loop in the comments, and enjoy the rest of your day.