Microsoft Releases Tools to Make Third-Party Office Add-Ins Look Native

It used to be a pain in the bum to create Office add-ins that fit into the theme of Microsoft's productivity software suite. The company has remedied this problem by releasing its Office User-Interface Fabric on GitHub for developers.

Office add-ins are web apps that can be created to enhance features within the different applications contained in the productivity suite using a range of coding languages including HTML5, XML, CSS, JavaScript and REST APIs. Previously, developers would have had to use their own CSS codes to control the style and layout of their add-ins which would lead to inconsistencies with other add-ins and Office itself.

With Office UI Fabric, developers can now apply simple CSS styles to make it look more like Office, with the same typography, colour, icons, animations and responsive grid layouts. There are also reusable components like input, layout, navighation and variety of content.

Explains Microsoft's Office Blog: "You will start to see the add-ins in the Office Store updated to use Office UI Fabric, which will increase the consistency of add-ins you use to increase your productivity day-to-day."

Currently, Office add-ins are only compatible with Windows desktops, web browsers, Mac desktops and iOS on iPads.

You can download the Office UI Fabric over at GitHub.

[Via Microsoft Office Blogs]


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