What is Microsoft's vision for the future

No more files and programs - Microsoft shows the future of Office

Specialized programs such as Word or Excel but also files have had their day in the latest vision of the group. In the future everything should become more flexible and other companies should also be allowed to get involved.

A little less than two months ago we reported here how Microsoft has no qualms about cutting off old braids and rebuilding or even discontinuing long-serving services. At that time, the Office 365 subscription was renamed Microsoft 365.

At the same time, a new Office app was also released. The mixed Word, Excel and Power Point and the other Office services in one app. At the time, his colleague Schüssler wrote: "Office should always have been this user-friendly."

Obviously, this new app was just the beginning. As part of its own Build developer conference, which is taking place this year in a purely virtual manner, the group presented its plans for the office or rather the computer work of the future. And they are brave. To put it carefully.

Instead of a program for texts, a program for tables, a program for presentations and so on, Microsoft is planning a flexible modular system. The whole thing is called the Fluid Framework. In German: liquid framework or system.

In this video Microsoft shows the new idea:

In the run-up to the presentation, Microsoft had already shown the new concept to the technology magazine “The Verge”. In a detailed article, the author describes the Fluid Framework, which could one day supplement or even replace Word and Co., as a kind of Lego kit.

Instead of searching for files as before and using a different app for each type of work, everything should be possible everywhere in the future. The individual blocks should be able to be embedded in emails as well as in a text document or a website. The content should be able to be edited anywhere in real time.

Faster, more flexible, more productive

It's not just about more flexible, faster and, above all, more productive work (a favorite topic of Microsoft boss Satya Nadella) but also about working together.

Unlike Microsoft of yore, modern Microsoft no longer relies on boundaries and closed systems. Fluid Frameworks should also be open to other companies. These should contribute their own building blocks.

The whole project is also open source, which should make it easier for other companies to participate. Even that would hardly have been conceivable at Microsoft ten years ago.

The first fluid components for tests are to be published in the next few months. It will take much longer until the whole system is rolled out. Especially since Microsoft itself says that not all decisions have been made and that everything is still in a state of flux.

It remains to be seen whether the Fluid Framework will actually replace the old office one day or at least supplement it. It is by no means the first ambitious attempt to establish a new form of computer work.

Ten years ago, for example, Google failed when it tried to turn everything upside down with Wave and to establish a new form of communication and collaboration (read also: It's better together).

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