Microsoft Introduces Fluid Components, A Way To Create And Edit Documents Through Blocks


Ebenizer Pinedo – May 19, 2020 – 19: 20 (CET)

Fluid Components is another Microsoft proposal to try to end the domain of Google Docs. It is a set of blocks that can be edited through different apps in real time.

Microsoft presenta Fluid Components, una manera de crear y editar documentos a través de bloques

In the framework of Build 2020, Microsoft has presented Fluid Components , a set of blocks that can be inserted and edited in Office documents, Microsoft Teams, Outlook emails and other company applications. Among the blocks that will be offered initially we find tables, graphs and task lists , for mention some. It should be noted that, if the same block is present in different apps, the edits made to it will be reflected in all applications in real time .

Likewise, Fluid Components has support for collaborative work , in such a way that two or more people can participate in its edition. Of course, the creator of the block can define the access privileges between the members of the team – in case the latter exists, of course. Some will only have permission to read and others to write, for example. Microsoft's goal is that people do not have to change apps to edit those small fragments of the document.

The Fluid Components will bet on Open Source

Fluid Components is possible thanks to Fluid Framework , a set of tools which aims to promote collaborative work and “transform” the way in which an organization works. The most interesting thing is that Microsoft is already documenting it to make it Open Source, since they want the developer community to contribute to its growth. In fact, it is not ruled out that the blocks can be used in third-party applications. They assure that in recent months they have received many requests from developers to join the initiative.

“Fluid Components are a mere instance of what is possible with the Fluid Framework. It goes beyond a single document, since teams can work together through different applications. Over time, Fluid Framework will continue to evolve as we create more components and give the green light to more applications that support blocks, like Microsoft Teams, “the company mentioned in a statement on its website. In the latter, by the way, you can see a video that shows how the blocks work.

Although some developers are already undergoing a testing phase of Fluid Components, its availability to all interested public will take a few months. In addition, to use the blocks it will be necessary to have the Office business subscription 365 .

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