Microsoft Open Sources Fluid Framework
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 29 May 2020

Microsoft is open sourcing Fluid Framework, its development platform for collaborative ways to work with documents. Fluid Framework was first announced at the 2019 Ignite conference, and has grown in popularity.

It will now be added on GitHub 'within weeks', and Microsoft plans to add Fluid Framework support to Microsoft's Office apps including Outlook and Office 365. 

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When it was launched, Fluid Framework was described as a new set of technologies that developers can use to create browser based 'experiences' that move away from single apps to use components that make it easy to reuse content across tools.  Behind the scenes this is partially based on Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Teams and Outlook, with the addition of coauthoring, AI and bots that collaborate with you.

At this year's build, Microsoft’s Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, said that Fluid Framework is now to be open sourced, and the code will be added to GitHub "within the next few weeks". The web-based framework of Fluid includes data structures that perform low-latency synchronization and a relay service to connect endpoints, so apps that use Fluid data structures support real-time collaboration.

Alongside the open sourcing news, Spataro also said that Microsoft is adding Fluid Framework to Office 365 for "those with a Microsoft 365 enterprise license in the next few months". The integration will initially be for Outlook and Office.com, and will provide ways to collaborate on dynamic content and connected components.  The Outlook support means tables, charts, and task lists can be inserted in Outlook for the web. More generally in Office.com, Fluid workspaces can be created and managed, including within document activity feeds, Recommended lists, and @mentions.

 

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