Rapid growth of SharePoint Framework capabilities
Since its launch 20 months ago, SharePoint Framework has continually evolved to support an expanding set of use cases—such as business data dashboards and document integrations—and has delivered company-wide links and tools. Now in its eighth update after launch, SharePoint Framework has added new capabilities, including easier deployment options across your Office 365 sites, the ability to use Office 365 to host application elements, and built-in capabilities to work with a variety of web services. SharePoint Framework also works with on-premises SharePoint Server 2019, as well as SharePoint Server 2016 via Feature Pack 2.
Next stop: foundation for applications across Microsoft 365
The latest release of SharePoint Framework may be the most significant. New capabilities, in preview, empower developers to create full application experiences built on Microsoft 365 components. Developers can create applications that are hosted in the familiar frame of SharePoint, which leverages infrastructure such as Microsoft Graph services, SharePoint lists, and document libraries—all in one centrally hosted application page.
SharePoint Framework is expanding to be a foundation for applications in Teams. Through recently announced interoperability, tabs from Teams now show up as web parts and applications in SharePoint, and web parts from SharePoint can show up in Teams. In addition, customizations to document libraries will also show in document libraries in Teams. Wherever teams collaborate, customizations built on the foundation of SharePoint pages and documents are close at hand.
A custom lead management system SharePoint Framework web part, hosted in Microsoft Teams.
Resources to get started with SharePoint Framework
Thanks to a strong community, there are a wide array of resources to get started with SharePoint Framework. The recently released SharePoint Starter Kit provides a fantastic foundation of web parts and extensions you can use in your SharePoint sites. In addition, the SharePoint Patterns and Practices community has delivered an amazing series of training and video content for learning the various capabilities of SharePoint. If you are a developer (or work with developers), you can build your first SharePoint Framework web part in under an hour. Investing now in new solutions for SharePoint will provide a great foundation for creating tailored experiences across Microsoft 365.