Public preview of SharePoint Framework 1.16 – First release of upcoming features

Vesa Juvonen

We are excited to announce the availability of first public preview of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) 1.16 – with updates for Viva Connections, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online experiences. This is baseline release for the upcoming 1.16 and you can expect much more new features within upcoming preview releases before version is officially ready for production use.

We are working on getting the General Availability (GA) version published within the second half of calendar year 2022. Like with the previous preview releases, our objective is to provide more insights on the upcoming features and to provide our worldwide ecosystem an option to directly influence on the released capabilities. Your feedback is more than welcome 👋

You can find full list of release details from the following documentation:


Key features in this 1.16 preview release 📝

Key changes and updates in this preview release are as follows:

  • Ability to render Viva Connections Adaptive Card Extensions asynchronously
  • Microsoft Teams JavaScript SDK v2 support – this will be rolling as server-side update gradually to all tenants worldwide enabling new scenarios for SPFx developers. See Teams JS SDK v2 release announcement for details.
  • SharePoint web part top actions to include custom actions to web part’s command bar – you can for example easily adjust the layout of the web part without opening the property pane, see below picture as an example
  • New properties for the Form Customizers with easier access on the context of the form
  • Removal of Node.js v12 and v14 support
  • Numerous other improvements and adjustments based on the reported issues by customers and partners
    • If you ran into any issues, please use Premier Support if that’s an option or report your issues at

and more 🚀

We will be including also other new features for the 1.16 general availability.  You can expect few updated preview releases with new features before the general availability will be available.

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Installing SharePoint Framework 1.16 preview

You can install preview of the SharePoint Framework 1.16 by using following command – which will always install the latest preview packages.

npm install @microsoft/generator-sharepoint@next --global

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 developers for Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Viva and SharePoint. It’s the easiest way to build developer 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.
  • 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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Additional resources and support 🤝

If you are looking into building experiences for Microsoft 365, we strongly recommend on joining our community calls and other Microsoft 365 Platform Community (PnP) activities covering Microsoft Graph, Microsoft Teams, Power Platform, Microsoft Viva, OneDrive, SharePoint and more… More details from 🚀

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