Web-based diagramming tool Visio Online hits general availability

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft Visio

Today, Microsoft shared that their web-based lightweight diagramming tool, Visio Online, hit general availability. This comes after the tool was launched as a public preview back in November of 2016, and is also part of Microsoft’s commitment to releasing cloud-first capabilities that professional diagram creators need in the modern workplace.

Visio Online does not require the installation of any application to work. It is available for commercial customers for $5 per month with Visio Online Plan 1. It is also available with Visio Online Plan 2 for $13.00 per month, and most Office 365 customers will be able to view Visio diagrams for free. Plan 1 is best for users who need to create and share simple diagrams in a favorite browser, also including 2 GB of OneDrive storage. Plan 2, meanwhile is best for users who need to create professional business and IT diagrams that meet industry standards and can be connected to data.

With today’s general release, Visio Online picks up cloud capabilities. You can read more about these below.

  • Power BI: Today, Power BI includes a new visual – Visio diagrams – which can be linked to live data and embedded with a Power Bi dashboard.
  • Data Visualizer: You can now convert process map data from Excel into data-driven diagrams in Visio, allowing for more creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Visio Viewer for iOS: View and interact with Visio diagrams on both iPad and iPhone – share diagrams through OneDrive or SharePoint and access them on your favorite iOS device.
  • PowerPoint Slide Snippets: Select specific diagram parts, give them a title, and export them as slides in PowerPoint to create an entire presentation that breaks down complex diagrams into individual pieces for easier comprehension.

Interested parties can learn more about Visio Online by checking it out on this Microsoft website. Those who are already using the service can also submit feedback by visiting the Microsoft UserVoice site.