09 May 2019
Microsoft at Build 2019 announced a new Fluid Framework which is a web-based platform for document creation that will let developers create apps for faster and more flexible web-based collaboration. The aim is to allow multiple users to collaborate on a document at the same time on the web.
According to Microsoft, some AI agents will work behind the scenes to make this collaboration possible. They would perform tasks like fetching content, providing photo suggestions, translating data.
During the announcement at Build 2019, Mike Morton, a group program manager for the Office group put an example of Fluid Framework. For instance, while you type into a document, Office will automatically translate it for others who are working on the same document. As you would see below, the text is getting translated into 8 different languages.
According to Microsoft’s vice-president of communications Frank Shaw, this is one of the examples where a web-based corporate HR manual is shown getting translated into multiple languages for different employees.
Thus with the help of Fluid Framework, developers can create such apps that will work for real-time collaboration. Microsoft also posted an example of real-time sharing of tables directly within a Microsoft Teams chat interface. Interestingly, Microsoft also showed this running across Chromium Edge, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, indicating that broad support of this new tech. Thus this would improve Microsoft’s apps and services on the internet to work on all the platforms.
The Fluid Framework will be available to developers and it will be integrated into apps like Word, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and other products. The first software development kit will be available for developers later this year.