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Take your Microsoft 365 investments further with SharePoint customizations


Thanks to the work of thousands of developers around the world who use SharePoint Framework to deliver deep customizations and new application types, millions of SharePoint users now experience modern team and communication sites tailored with SharePoint Framework. Use of extensions created with SharePoint Framework continues to grow rapidly and is on pace to keep doubling every six months. These customized SharePoint sites provide the stage for your organization, department, and team to showcase your best work. And with new capabilities—now in preview—you can bring these experiences to Microsoft Teams. As developers and business leaders look to solve business problems with new applications and new customizations, we’re confident SharePoint Framework and the foundation of SharePoint will provide an attractive, friendly option to deliver tailored Microsoft 365 experiences.

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.

Image of a custom lead management system SharePoint Framework web part, hosted in Microsoft Teams.

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.



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