Microsoft Azure Fluid Relay is available to everyone

With the managed cloud service for Fluid Framework, developers can create collaborative web applications in real time.

Microsoft has made available to web developers, Azure Fluid Relay. This managed cloud service enables the creation of professional-grade collaborative applications using the Fluid Framework. Azure Fluid Relay has been available to everyone since August 1, as has the Fluid Framework azure-client 1.0 library. Fluid Framework is a set of open-source client libraries used to build real-time, low-latency collaboration applications. Using these libraries, multiple customers can create and leverage shared data structures, while developers use familiar programming patterns, similar to those used to work with local data.

Azure Fluid Relay supports Fluid collaboration settings, freeing up developers to focus on user experience.

Specific features of Azure Fluid Relay include:

– State replication between connected JavaScript clients in real time.

– Joint editing and synchronization of data in applications.

– Built-in Fluid server functionality for provisioning and collaboration management.

– Cloud-native Azure storage and hosting capabilities to create secure, reliable, low-latency experiences.

– Built-in scalability.

– Compliance with business, legal and regulatory requirements.

Applications built with Fluid Framework do not need any custom code on the server to perform data synchronization scenarios like real-time typing in text editors. Fluid Framework can work with pure JavaScript or a JavaScript framework like Angular, React, or Vue.

To connect an application to Azure Fluid Relay, developers must provision a Fluid Relay server resource in their Azure account. They can connect a Fluid application to a Fluid Relay instance using AzureClient in the fluidframework/azure-client package. Microsoft has used Fluid to foster collaboration in its own apps, including a new version of Whiteboard. Fluid is also used in the Teams app.

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