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Last updated: April 24, 2018

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Create professional diagrams to simplify complex information with updated shapes, collaboration tools and data-linked diagrams. Simplify complex information with professional diagrams you can create in just a few clicks. Visio makes diagramming simple - whether you want to quickly capture a flowchart that you brainstormed on a whiteboard, map an IT network, build an organizational chart, document a business process, or draw a floor plan. Microsoft Visio free cloud alternatives are: Gliffy, Google Drawings, Creatly, DrawAnywhere, Diagramly

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Recent Microsoft Visio news:

24.04.18. Microsoft Visio integrates with Hololense

Microsoft is putting its AR headset Hololense forward as a way to increase productivity, quality, and safety by helping companies reimagine processes, data, and people to accelerate business impact and create value for customers. In particular, Microsoft Visio has been updated to address intelligent manufacturing scenarios, including facility layout. Microsoft will be showcasing Intelligent Manufacturing scenarios supported by Microsoft customer Dürr AG and incorporating Microsoft Visio Partners FaciWare GmbH (facility management solutions) and X-Visual Technologies GmbH (PnID solutions).


2017. Microsoft launches Visio Online editor

Microsoft Visio was the first popular tool for building schemes and diagrams, designing software and site interfaces. But then a lot of online alternatives (like Gliffy, OmniGiraffe) appeared with collaboravite features, and most users forgot about the heavy Visio. For some reason Microsoft didn't release the online version of Visio together with other Office editors (Word, Excel...). Then, some years later (in 2016) the company launched just Visio Online viewer. And only now Visio Online becomes full-featured app that allows to build and edit diagrams in browser and organize teamwork on them. It costs $5/month per user. The free Visio Onilne viewer is available in almost all Office 365 plans.


2017. Visio Online adds new themes, shapes and guides

Microsoft has updated its service Visio Online that allows anyone to create, edit and share diagrams through any web browser. Users can now create diagrams more easily with the help of Quick Shapes. When they hover over the arrows near any shape, they will see the quick shapes panel. They can select the needed shape and it will auto-connect with their existing shape. Users can use the smart guides to align their shapes. And they can also change connector types according to their needs. Microsoft has also added more shapes to the Visio Online. They can now search for desired shapes using the search-box above shape panel. Apart from the ability to add their own pictures, users can now use the “Find and Add a picture from web” option to add other pictures from the web.


2017. Microsoft Injects Power BI Insights Into Visio Diagrams

Microsoft Power BI users can now link their business analytics to floorplans, business processes and other diagrams created in Visio. Currently available in preview, the new visual allows users to take diagrams created in Visio and use them as a foundation on which to overlay meaningful business insights. Using Visio and Power BI together, you can illustrate and compare data both as diagrams and as traditional Power BI visuals in one place, driving operational and business intelligence to understand the overall picture. You can connect to a Visio diagram hosted on SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. The underlying Power BI data is then automatically and intelligently linked to the diagram based on its shape properties, eliminating the need to do this manually.


2017. Microsoft releases public version of Visio Online for Office 365 commercial users

Microsoft has pushed out cloud version of Visio, making it available for the first time for paid Office 365 users. A preview version of Visio Online was first made available to a select group of Office 365 users in November and Microsoft utilized their feedback in launching the current version. Like the previous version, the public release is free and aimed primarily at allowing users of the full Visio for Windows application to view and collaborate on Visio diagrams on any platform that can run a web browser. Because Visio Online is just a viewer, you will need to create your Visio diagrams in the full version and then share them using OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online. Once they are available online, then you can also share them using the Visio Online version.


2017. Visio allows to convert process map data in Excel into Visio diagrams

Microsoft announced a new feature in Visio called Data Visualizer that will automatically convert process map data in Excel into data-driven Visio diagrams. Business Analysts can now visualize process steps and associated metadata in a structured Excel table as Visio diagram. They can do this by using a premade Excel template or an existing spreadsheet of their own design. There is a basic template and then there is another template for cross-functional flowcharts providing a sample mapping table to populate with diagram metadata. The table includes predefined columns for process step number, description, dependencies, owner, function, phase and more. Users can also customize the table with their own columns to meet specific business requirements.


2017. Microsoft Improves Database Diagramming in Visio Pro

Microsoft is using Visio Pro, the company's diagramming application, to shed light on complex database deployments and businesses processes. The company announced a database reverse engineering tool that allow users to explore the structure of their databases and how the various elements work together. Available in the Database Modeling add-in, the tool supports several popular databases, including MySQL, Oracle, and of course, Microsoft's own SQL Server. Using an intuitive wizard, you can select the source database and specific elements to include in the visual, giving you full control over the resulting diagram. Best of all, the database diagram updates when the source information changes, helping ensure everyone has access to the latest data.


2016. Microsoft is bringing Visio to Android and Windows Phone

Just a few weeks after Microsoft started testing Visio for iOS, the company announced that the Visio app will be coming to Android and Windows phones sometime soon. Unfortunately though, there aren’t many details about the app itself. For example, Microsoft is yet to share when the app will be available for download on Windows Phone or even Android. However, what we do know is that the Android and Windows Phone app will have feature parity with the iOS app which is pretty good to know. Visio is an app mostly used for diagrams and charts. Despite its utility, it’s not a very popular app, and many users don’t even know it exists. Visio simplifies complex information through simple, easy-to-understand diagrams, and it a very useful tool for business professionals.


2016. Microsoft Visio is coming to iPad

Microsoft has announced a limited new Visio on iPad Insider Program that will help bring Microsoft’s diagramming solution to iPad. Visio will work on all iPads, from the iPad mini to the iPad Pro, and it will require iOS 9 or newer. It will be available in at least English, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish, during the pre-release period. You will need to sign-in with a Microsoft account. You'll be able to view files from OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint, or files received as email attachments. The Pan and Zoom experience is optimized for a small touch screen. It allows to turn the visibility of layers on or off, copy the current view of a Visio diagram as an image and paste it in another app, share a file as a link or attachment, find text in a shape.