Announcing SharePoint Framework 1.14 – with updates for Viva Connections, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint

Microsoft 365 Platform team

We are excited to announce General Availability (GA) of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) 1.14 with new features and capabilities targeting Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.

Thank you for your active participating again on our Microsoft 365 platform community channels and helping with this release during the preview phase. Your assistance and feedback have been invaluable on defining the key features for this and future releases.

Here are the key capabilities included in the SharePoint Framework 1.14:

  • Updated web part templates from scaffolding with improved support for Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online
  • Streamlined Yeoman generator experience for optimized project scaffolding for Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint
  • Lifecycle events for easier handling of theme change events in Microsoft Teams and in SharePoint
  • Numerous updates and improvements on the list view commands set extensions
  • Initial versions for Media handling and Location based detection for the ACE cards – will be in preview status as part of the v1.14 release, expected to get released in the 1.15 in spring 2022
  • Numerous additional fixes based on the reported GitHub issues

Documentation assets to get started with SharePoint Framework 1.14 version and the related updates:

 

example output templates for web part and teams app

Installing SharePoint Framework 1.14

You can install the SharePoint Framework 1.14 by using following command – which will always install the latest released packages.

npm install @microsoft/generator-sharepoint --global

Future plans for SharePoint Framework

We will keep actively investing in SharePoint Framework with the updated quality assurance model with preview releases. You can expect the first preview version of the v1.15 to be publicly available within upcoming weeks. We are currently looking into publishing v1.15 within the first half of the 2022 calendar year.

Most notable plans for upcoming features with SharePoint Framework include:

  • Evolve the Viva Connections Mobile and Desktop scenarios and extensibility options based on customer and partner feedback
  • Improved Microsoft Teams desktop and mobile client experiences
  • Improved integration of SPFx with the Microsoft Teams Toolkit VS Code extension
  • Support providing a custom new, edit and view experiences for Microsoft Lists and Libraries with SharePoint Framework
  • Improved Microsoft Teams Meeting apps support with SharePoint Framework
  • Fully modernized SharePoint store and app catalog in SharePoint Online – Staring to rollout to first release tenants in March 2022
  • Easier API permission management for the ISVs in app source and store
  • Publish and acquire SharePoint Framework solutions directly from the Microsoft Teams store
  • Performance improvements across apps (dev and runtime)
  • Provide more 1st party controls and components available for 3rd party developers

Notice that these plans are subject to change, and we cannot provide exact timelines for mentioned features.

What’s SharePoint Framework?

SharePoint Framework is widely used extensibility model in Microsoft 365 with tens of millions of end users each month for the custom components built by developers worldwide. It is the easiest way to build extensibility for Microsoft 365 and it’s taken advantage by thousands of partners and customers on building custom experiences across Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.

Key capabilities of the SharePoint Framework for Microsoft 365 are following:

  • Content Driven Applications – SharePoint Framework can be used to build content driven applications on surfacing information easily from Microsoft 365 with Microsoft Graph or to integrate with externally hosted content.
  • Automatic Single Sign On – SharePoint Framework components have automatic and seamless SSO included for all platforms they are hosted. No specific consents needed from Microsoft 365 end users.
  • Automatic hosting – SharePoint Framework components are automatically hosted in SharePoint without additional maintenance or operational costs.
  • Industry standard tooling – SharePoint Framework is using standard web stack tooling with node, npm, TypeScript and any JavaScript framework of your preference. Just standard web skills needed, no special skills needed. Anyone can do this.

SharePoint Framework has also made the permission and token management for accessing the data in Microsoft 365 easy. You will be using the awesome Microsoft Graph APIs for accessing business data and you can further simplify the development of SharePoint Framework components by taking advantage of the Microsoft Graph Toolkit, which provides reusable controls with data connectivity to Microsoft Graph.

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Feedback, support and issues

We are building SharePoint Framework for you, so please keep on providing us with feedback and input on the needed capabilities.

If you are looking into building experiences for Microsoft 365, we strongly recommend on joining our community calls and other Microsoft 365 community activities. More details from https://aka.ms/m365pnp.

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