Microsoft Fluent Design for Web (CSS framework)

As Microsoft recently released a design system called "Fluent Design", is it appropriate to apply it on web design?

Most of my searching has been for all Microsoft platforms, C# app, F# etc.. I have never seen anything regarding in web design.


Take a look at Microsoft Web Framework for details on the components, HTML structure and CSS that you would use to meet Microsoft's web design principles.

just copy-paste from the bottom of the MWF homepage.

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I'm just quoting Microsoft here.

It is perfectly relevant to the web design. Since these are just principles and not specific to any platform. So if you are a web developer and like the Microsoft way of thinking. it is perfectly fine to build a Web UI framework around these principles.

Please check out this video in which your question has been discussed in the Q&A session (22:00).

You can use this library for Reveal Effect in Fluent Design System. And you need to wait for the backdrop-filter CSS supported for background blur effect.

Check out the Fluent Kit framework.

It is a Fluent Design extension to the current Bootstrap version, using jQuery, so should be an easy starting point for anybody, really. Also, it is very well documented and the "work in progress", so you can expect further functionalities as the design itself develops.

Important update: Fluent Kit, as well as the whole Nespero project is closed.

July 2019 Update: Microsoft published Fluent framework under Fabric UI name which includes Web part here

Short answer, yes Fluent design is appropriate for web, but there's still no publicly available library of components.

Above mentioned (get Microsoft Web Framework) is deprecated. Newer is for internal use.

The very new is also marked with restricted to use by Microsoft employees and authorized vendors but open-sourced tutorial for fluent web states the following:

[..] how to import Fluent for Web components and styles (packages are private for Microsoft employees only, though becoming open source soon).

Maybe one day. In the meantime check out Office Fabric

Update: Fluent design now supports web, Android and IOS.

Update: a high quality 3rd party react component framework called react-uwp can be found here

Update: new website is at

Update: link is now dead, and doesn't mention fluent design anymore.

Microsoft has a web framework for its own employees and vendors.

Looks like they are introducing fluent design components to this framework.

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