Microsoft releases public preview of Visio Online

Mark Coppock

Microsoft Visio

A few weeks ago, Microsoft introduced a beta version of its Visio diagramming tool for the iPad, promising at the same time a public version of Visio Online for any business user accessing the web. Today, Microsoft has made good on its promise, making publicly available a new preview of Visio that can view and share diagrams using nothing but a browser.

In order to use the Visio Online preview, you’ll need to be an Office 365 business customer, using OneDrive for Business, or sporting a SharePoint Online plan. Here are all of the subscriptions that can access Visio Online:

  • Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Enterprise E1
  • Office 365 Government E1
  • Office 365 Enterprise K1
  • Office 365 Government K1
  • OneDrive for Business Plan 1
  • OneDrive for Business Plan 2
  • SharePoint Online Plan 1

As with Visio for iPad, the Online version is primary intended for viewing documents. The idea is to provide as faithful a representation of diagrams as possible to enable accessing them on the go.

Viewing diagrams in Visio Online preview.

The Visio Online preview also offers the ability to quickly search for shapes by name or data type.

Searching for shapes in Visio Online preview.

Finally, Visio diagrams can be shared via Visio Online.

Sharing diagrams in Visio Online preview.

If you have more questions about Visio Online, then check out the “Basic tasks” page and FAQ. Provide feedback to Microsoft via the three dots menu so that the company can continue making improvements to the offering.