Outlook Fluid components coming to preview soon

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Fluid Framework

Microsoft is redefining collaboration in the workplace with the Fluid Framework. At its Build 2020 event, the company announced that Office.com and Outlook Fluid components will be available in preview in the near future.

The company teased the idea of Fluid Framework for the first time last xyear. They showcased some of the technology’s potential applications, including live translation via a shared word processor.

The tech will soon be available in preview, the company said.

Office/Outlook Fluid components to change the way people collaborate

With the Fluid Framework project, Microsoft envisages a workplace where workers collaborate on a deeper level than possible today.

For example, existing collaboration technology lets you share or work on documents in real time. But you cannot edit a table in MS Excel and have that change reflected in an email table.

The Fluid Framework should make it possible to do just that. So far, Microsoft is implementing Fluid components in forms like to-do lists, tables, and chats.

“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.”

Part of the long plan is to enable cross-app collaboration in real time. Also, since Fluid components are tiny and lightweight, workers will be able to make instantaneous changes to them.

Microsoft 365 users will soon have a chance to preview the Fluid components coming to Outlook and Office.com.

In addition, the entire Fluid Framework will be open source in the near future. It will be useful to developers building solutions that support real-time collaboration.

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