Build 2022: Microsoft Opens Loop to Adaptive Cards

Microsoft revealed today that it will soon allow developers to create Adaptive Card-based Loop components. This is the same technology that developers will use to create Widgets for Windows 11.

“When generally available, Adaptive Card-based Loop components can be copied and pasted across Microsoft Teams chat and Outlook emails,” Microsoft notes. “Adaptive Card-based Loop components will stay in sync across Teams chats and Outlook emails as they are copied/pasted and shared in various chats and emails. And with the help of Editor using Context IQ, users will be able to discover relevant Adaptive Card-based Loop components based on the context in Outlook email or Teams chat.”

Adaptive Cards are JSON-based snippets of code that interact with apps and online services. They transform into native UI when delivered to specific apps, and are designed to be cross-platform with compatibility across Android, iOS, JavaScript, ASP .NET, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows, and React Native.

On Windows, Adaptive Cards are used today with the Bot Framework, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and Windows Timeline (in Windows 10). But this technology is only getting more interesting with its coming compatibility with Microsoft Loop and the Widgets interface in Windows 11.

The ability to create Loop components with new or updated Adaptive Cards is coming to private preview in June, Microsoft says.

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