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Microsoft has announced the release of Office UI Fabric, a new front-end framework for developers. Office UI Fabric is a responsive, mobile-first, front-end framework designed to make it simple to quickly create web experiences using the Office Design Language.
The framework is used internally by Microsoft on products within Office 365Ã¢â‚¬â€such as suite branding, OneDrive.com, Outlook.com, Delve and the Video Portal.
Office UI Fabric is mainly built for Office Add-ons Ã¢â‚¬â€œ however, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a web developer, you can use the framework to build websites which include a similarÃ‚Â design to MicrosoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own design for its services.
According to Microsoft, Fabric is different than other frameworks like Bootstrap:
“Fabric solves many of the same problems that other front-end frameworks do, in a way that is specific to Microsoft. We have our own design language and interaction patterns that all Microsoft apps share.
Like other frameworks, Fabric speeds up development by ensuring that your add-ins use standard typography, colors, icons, and more. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to spend time overriding the styles of other frameworks. Fabric also includes components the other frameworks donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have.”
The following starter template represents the minimum recommended HTML structure for an add-in that uses Office UI Fabric.