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Is Microsoft Loop A Notion Alternative?

Microsoft is trying to replace your second brain, but is it worthwhile?

Drew Morrison
3 min readDec 4, 2023

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When I saw Microsoft Loop finally get launched, I was a little excited. Finally, a Notion-like workspace that you can use that will integrate with OneDrive.

In most professional jobs, you’re probably using a Microsoft Suite that uses, OneNote, Excel, Outlook, etc.

One of the things that I loath about OneNote is the lack of ability to organize the notes.

I’ve tried every tactic out there. I’ve created sections upon sections, subpages upon subpages but OneNote always seems to make it difficult to organize your notes after you stack up a bunch of them.

Initial Thoughts

If you’re a Notion user, when you open Microsoft Loop, you immediately recognize a few things.

You can use the backslash ( / ) to start your formatting prompt, you can write in Markdown is an option and create workspaces that Notion is known for.

However, there are a few features that are missing:

  • You cannot create toggle lists like in Notion
  • You cannot create a page within a page.
  • There is no databasing option (the only similar option is to create a table with tags)
  • You cannot create columns on the page. This forces you to sort everything vertically.

The Good Features

Table of Contents

The Table of contents allows you the ability to quickly get to one portion of a page. The good news about this is that it’s automatically integrated with using Headers on the table. If you use a main header, it will be the main point. If you use a sub header, it automatically intends for you to make sorting through the table of contents a little easier.

Screenshot by the author

The Downsides

Organization

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Drew Morrison

🏃🏻‍♂️Training for the next hardest race. Writing about the lessons that I've learned.