Public preview of SharePoint Framework 1.19 – First release of upcoming features

Vesa Juvonen

We are excited to announce the availability of the first public preview of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) 1.19 – with updates for Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online experiences. This is the baseline release for the upcoming 1.19 release focused primarily on the new features within the Microsoft Viva side and on technical dependency updates. We will be rolling out several capabilities and features to the preview, before it’s generally available and ready for production usage.

We are looking into providing the general availability (GA) version in spring 2024 (April/May). As with 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 welcome. 👋

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

Key features in the 1.19 preview release 📝

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

  • Introduction of new layout options for the Viva Connections card view – specifically new graphical layout for example for charts
    • See below video and sample code for more details on the option
  • Webpack 5 support
  • Buildtime packages release is decoupled from the SPFx release
  • Numerous other improvements and adjustments based on the reported issues by customers and partners

Image chart card viva connections

and more 🚀

As part of  the preview release, we also provide following new code sample showcasing the chart card experience for the Microsoft Viva

Usage and creation of chart card layout option is demonstrated in the below video.

We will be including additional new features for the 1.19 general availability, so this is just a start with initial baseline features.

Installing SharePoint Framework 1.19 preview 👩‍💻

You can install preview of the SharePoint Framework 1.19 by using the following command which will always install the latest preview packages.

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

What’s SharePoint Framework? 🚀

SharePoint Framework is a widely used extensibility option 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.

You can build SharePoint Framework powered solutions by using Microsoft Teams Toolkit, SharePoint Framework Yeoman Generator or with the Microsoft Viva Toolkit. Key advantage is the flexibility of automatic hosting with the option to use the exact same component across the different hosts without any code level changes. This is designed to maximize the value of your development investments regardless of which primary host you are targeting.

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 skill to succeed without any proprietary tooling.

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.

Image showing SharePoint Framework across Microsoft 365 host features

Additional resources and support 🤝

If you are looking to build experiences for Microsoft 365, we strongly recommend joining our community calls and other Microsoft 365 & Power Platform Community activities covering Microsoft Graph, Microsoft Teams, Power Platform, Microsoft Viva, OneDrive, SharePoint and more… More details here https://aka.ms/community/home 🚀

And, follow us on @Microsoft365Dev)/Twitter to stay up to date on Microsoft 365 Platform announcements.

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