Announcing SharePoint Framework 1.15 – with updates for Viva Connections, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint
We are excited to announce the General Availability (GA) of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) 1.15 with new features and capabilities for Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint – not forgetting technical updates across the platform.
Thank you for your active participation in our Microsoft 365 platform community channels and helping with this release during the preview phase. Your assistance and feedback have been invaluable to define the key features for our releases, both current and future.
Key capabilities for SharePoint Framework 1.15
Here are the key capabilities included:
- New SharePoint Framework customizers for list add and edit list / library forms.
- This gives you an option to associate custom new, edit and view forms at content type level for new items.
- Node.js v16 support – versions 12, 14 and 16 are supported.
- TypeScript v4.5 support.
- SharePoint Framework solutions now support ESLint 8.3.0 instead of deprecated TSLint.
- General availability of new action types for geolocation that can be used with the Viva Connection cards.
- General availability of the Image Helper API, which was initially introduced in the 1.14 version as preview capability.
- Fixes on the Microsoft Teams mobile device behavior with the Microsoft Graph and custom API usage. This is a server-side fix and not technically in the client-side packages.
- Numerous other improvements and adjustments based on the reported issues by customers and partners.
- If you have any issues, please use Premier Support or report your issues at https://aka.ms/spfx-issues.
Here are some resources to help you get started:
- Release notes for 1.15 with full list of detailed changes
- New tutorial for building form customizers. Reference solution is also available from GitHub
- We will keep evolving the documentation based on your feedback
Installing SharePoint Framework 1.15
You can install the SharePoint Framework 1.15 by using following command – which will always install the latest released packages.
npm install @microsoft/generator-sharepoint@latest --global
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 v1.16 to be publicly available within upcoming weeks (July 2022). We are currently looking into releasing 1.16 in the third quarter of the 2022 calendar year, but this is subject to change.
Most notable plans for upcoming features include:
- Evolve the Viva Connections Mobile and Desktop scenarios and extensibility options based on customer and partner feedback
- Bot Framework powered Viva Connections cards
- Improved Microsoft Teams desktop and mobile client experiences
- Improved integration of SPFx with the Microsoft Teams Toolkit VS Code extension
- Improved Microsoft Teams Meeting apps support with SharePoint Framework
- 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
- Continuous updates on the technical dependencies
- and more… 🚀
Notice that these plans are subject to change, and we cannot provide exact timelines for mentioned features.
What would you like to see in SharePoint Framework? – Let us know in the discussions at GitHub.
What’s SharePoint Framework?
SharePoint Framework is widely used extensibility in Microsoft 365 with tens of millions of end users each month for the custom components built by 3rd party developers for Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Viva and SharePoint. It’s the easiest way to build enterprise extensibility for Microsoft 365 and it’s taken advantage by thousands of partners and customers on building custom experiences for end users.
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.
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.
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.
- Please report any issues on SharePoint Framework using following GitHub issues list – https://aka.ms/spfx-issues
- We have engineering people monitoring any incoming issues
- Documentation – Includes guidance for Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint extensibility
- CLI for Microsoft 365 – Includes tooling to update your SharePoint Framework solutions from previous version to the latest
- Web part samples
- Reference solutions for specific scenarios
- Microsoft Viva Connections Adaptive Card Extension (ACE) samples
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/m365/community.
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