Microsoft today at its Build developer conference announced the new Fluid Framework which is a platform for collaborating and sharing that will be integrating with Microsoft 365. It will arrive as a software developer kit later this year, and Microsoft has plans to have its own Microsoft 365 integrations by the end of the year.
Fluid is basically a framework for building collaborative editing experiences, but since it can be integrated across applications, it also means that users will now be able to, say, edit a document in an application like Word and then share a table from that document in Microsoft Teams (or even a third-party application like Slack, if Slack decides to integrate this technology). All of the changes sync in real time, of course.
Microsoft describes Fluid Framework as a “developer technology”. The key features of Fluid Framework include its ability to create and break apart documents into easily sharable components on web and desktop apps, as well as co-authoring at speeds we have never seen before. This means that you could take a block of text from Word, plop it into another document, and have any changes colleagues make there reflected in the original file. Fluid Framework will also take advantage of intelligent agents, as it ties in with the company’s newly announced AI assistants, which can perform tasks like fetching content, providing suggestions, identifying experts, translating data, and more within Fluid documents.
Fluid Framework will be available to developers later this calendar year through a software development kit (SDK), alongside Fluid-powered Microsoft 365 experiences like Word, Teams, and Outlook.