n a groundbreaking move, Microsoft has revealed the beta version of Fluid Framework 2.0, marking a significant upgrade to the company’s open-source platform dedicated to the creation of collaborative applications.
Unveiled on January 8, Fluid Framework 2.0 beta showcases a user-friendly programming model tailored for developers, enabling the synchronization of shared states in real time between clients. The official release is scheduled for the upcoming summer. Originating in 2019, Fluid Framework was conceptualized to facilitate the development of low-latency applications supporting real-time collaboration. It achieves this by providing developers with easily navigable data structures that seamlessly sync between clients.
Fluid Framework 2.0 stands out for its versatility in enhancing collaboration within both new and pre-existing applications. It introduces a structured data model known as SharedTree Distributed Data Structure (DDS), presenting a user-friendly programming interface for efficient data manipulation. This model accommodates a variety of data types, ranging from arrays and maps to objects.
Beyond its compatibility with Azure Fluid Relay, Fluid Framework 2.0 extends support to SharePoint Embedded, a cloud-based document management system ideal for collaborative content creation within a Microsoft 365 tenant. Noteworthy applications powered by Fluid Framework include first-party Microsoft apps and popular third-party apps like Microsoft Loop, Microsoft Whiteboard, and Hexagon Nexus. The upcoming release promises to elevate the collaborative experience, emphasizing real-time synchronization for a seamless user interaction.