Introducing the first Microsoft Fluid Framework experiences in Outlook and Office.comMay 19, 2020
Collaboration in the workplace is evolving and is more important than ever. At Microsoft, we are focused on solving customer problems and transforming the way you work together in your organizations. At Ignite this past year, we announced the public preview of Fluid Framework for enterprise customers and a private developer preview. This new technology is designed to make collaboration adaptable, flexible, and focused by breaking down the barriers between apps.
To deliver on the right experiences for our customers and to ensure they work well together, we have been continuously gathering feedback from companies, developers, and end-users. Our customers have told us the value of Fluid Framework lies is in its ability to make current work tasks simpler while unlocking new value that is relevant to their work scenarios. We are on a journey that is just starting to bring creative solutions to common workflows and content needs.
As a next step, we are excited to introduce the upcoming preview availability of Microsoft Fluid components. Right from an email in Outlook for the Web, create connected components that allow you to express your ideas and solve business problems. Fluid Components come in many forms – tables, charts, task lists, and more. Easily insert a wide range of components right into emails and chats. The permissions and access are handled automatically, and the data is easy to use and find later.
Because Fluid Components stay updated no matter where they are hosted across Office apps, the information stays updated and relevant. But, unlike a document, a Fluid component is “a little atomic unit of productivity” and fully rendered inline. You do not click on a component and go to another browser tab. You see the entire component in context and can immediately start editing.
These Fluid components are a mere instantiation of what is possible with Fluid Framework: an early exploration of this notion of collaboration moving beyond a single document to teams working together across apps on a shared output. Over time, Microsoft’s Fluid Framework will continue to evolve as we build more components and enlighten more apps to support components, such as Teams.
We are still at the early stages of this journey, but we are giving our customers a peek at how Fluid Framework change the way they collaborate for the better. Continuing to provide feedback helps us ensure we build solutions that resonate with our customers and create collaborative experiences for the future of work. These experiences will be available in preview of those with a Microsoft 365 enterprise license in the next few months, starting with Targeted Release.
If you have not yet tried it, check it out at fluid.microsoft.com.
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