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August 10, 2021

Microsoft Fluid Office: Everything About the Biggest Microsoft 365 Update

Every year Microsoft adds new features, updates, or launches new tools to complete its Office Suite. However, when it comes to Microsoft Fluid Office, an application that streamlines collaborative work and reinvents its individual applications, we are talking about probably the biggest update to Microsoft Office in decades.

Microsoft Fluid Office strengthens teamwork and productivity, representing a new work paradigm and Microsoft’s best bet for a dynamic suite supported by the Cloud. Keep reading to find out more about it!

What is Microsoft Fluid Framework?

Microsoft Fluid is a new framework in Office that enhances collaboration between teams, document sharing, and task distribution. This powerful tool is based on blocks of different components such as tables, graphs, or dynamic lists that can be edited by several users in real-time.

The platform is an Open Source project that can be used in any web application, which also enables you to edit in third-party applications, keeping the information updated and ready to use anywhere.

This solution is one step closer to the concept of collaborative work in the Cloud, where Fluid allows you to select modules from any program (Excel, PowerPoint…) and integrate them into the application you are using at that moment. The elements from a presentation, a table, or a text with a predetermined format will be perfectly integrated into the same space or document. Moreover, we can also share these modules with other users so that they can work on them at the same time.

We can also grab a table from a chat and drag it inside of an email, a whiteboard, or any Microsoft 365 application. This will still be a block that we can move or relocate. Microsoft Teams meeting will not be even more integrated and collaborative, as we’re going to be able to see notes in meetings or in the calendar in real-time thanks to the immediate synchronization with the rest of the applications. Therefore, Microsoft Fluid Office is the biggest leap towards collaborative work that the company has been announcing for a long time.

How to Start Using Fluid Office

Microsoft has been rolling out Fluid’s functionalities since it launched a few months ago, and more will be coming in the upcoming months to cover the entire Outlook suite, OneNote, Whiteboard, or Teams.

The current preview version is already available on Office.com for Office 365 and Enterprise account users. Microsoft has big plans for this tool and more Fluid modules are expected to eventually be brought to desktop office applications, while also giving the possibility for developers to benefit from this solution to power their collaborative applications.

This is Microsoft’s latest bet to improve hybrid work and support companies that are going back to the office, maintaining the remote model, or opting for a mix of both. Anyhow, it’s clear that it’s going to change the way we create, edit or share documents online.

Here’s a video to show you how it works!

Interested in more Microsoft 365 tools for your business? Check out this article on Microsoft Power Automate: a system that enables you to integrate and synchronize your data analysis and applications automatically with the goal of increasing productivity and business efficiency.

Elena Canorea
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Elena Canorea
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