Microsoft releases first early preview of Fluid Framework

At the Ignite 2019 conference, Microsoft promised to provide a new Public Preview of Fluid Framework for end users and developers. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it had begun providing early previews to users configured as “Targeted Release”, and eligible users could experience it based on the Microsoft Welcome page.

Microsoft releases first early preview of Fluid Framework

In this early preview release, users will be able to

Create, share and edit Fluid Framework files

Co-authoring and collaborating anywhere through @mentions

Insert built-in components

In Microsoft’s vision, Fluid Framework is the future of Web collaboration and shared or interactive services. Microsoft says Fluid is a way for us to collaborate and innovate, and a way to create documents for future content. This new document model enables authors to disassemble content and use it in applications and flexible documents. It allows users to place different content components at cloud addresses, bringing everything from text to tables to visualizations such as graphics in one place. Fluid then allows users to access all of this content in real time, which is fully collaborative and can be shared with others.

Microsoft releases first early preview of Fluid Framework

For Microsoft’s own service, Fluid will appear in the team’s chat rooms, Outlook’s messages, SharePoint portals, OneNote notes, and Office documents. Microsoft says documentation has always been the main framework for how people think about content creation. Fluid is just a step back, giving users a so-called “canvas” that provides content for users, not just with one or another content-led document.

Microsoft releases first early preview of Fluid Framework

A key part of Fluid’s AI-based services will also be able to insert them, so users can get things like Cortana to work with the document and help introduce the information or images to be written. Developers will get an early preview of this Fluid Framework to build applications and services that can take advantage of it, and Microsoft will release a public preview version of Fluid that showcases the experiences that end users can get.