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Microsoft Loop adds GitHub, Jira and Trello to improve collaboration

Microsoft has announced new integrations for its Loop app with GitHub, Jira and Trello, aimed at improving workflow efficiency for developers and project managers. These updates enable Microsoft 365 work and school users to manage projects and track issues directly within the Loop interface, increasing productivity and collaboration.

GitHub integration allows users to embed GitHub issues and pull requests to Loop pages. With a simple “/” command, users can access a menu where they can select GitHub and follow the in-app instructions to start the integration. This feature allows users to view and modify GitHub milestones, change assignees, or update PR reviewers directly from Loop. However, using these GitHub features requires user permissions to the appropriate GitHub repository.

Improving project management with Jira and Trello

Loop’s Jira integration makes it easy to view and manage Jira issues. Users can change the status, due date, or person assigned to a Jira issue from Loop, although this functionality is currently limited to Jira Cloud projects, excluding Jira Server and Jira Data Center.

Trello integration works on the same principle, allowing users to manage Trello cards by dragging and dropping them onto swim lanes, customizing members, and setting appointments. Additionally, users can access a detailed view of Trello cards directly from Loop.

Microsoft Loop became generally available in November. First introduced at Ignite 2021, Loop is now available to Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard and Business Premium users. The app is compatible with web, iOS and Android platforms and is also available to Microsoft 365 individual customers via mobile apps. While the availability of these features for personal Microsoft 365 subscribers has not been determined, the introduction of these integrations is an improvement to Microsoft’s suite of productivity software.