Jumpstart professional process diagramming with Visio Professional 2013 and Visio Pro for Office 365

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Yana Terukhova is a Product Marketing Manager on the Microsoft Visio team.

Successful Business Process Management (BPM) initiatives start with process diagrams, and the new Visio can help business analysts create great-looking, professional process diagrams fast.

Familiar look and feel

Visio has the look and feel of other Microsoft Office applications, so you can find and access the features and tools you need quickly. The Microsoft Office Fluent user interface groups features and tools logically, and makes them visible in your workspace.

Office Fluent user interface in Visio

Format and modify diagrams quickly

Productivity features help you format and modify diagrams fast in the new Visio. Whether you are creating a diagram from scratch, or adding and deleting shapes in an existing diagram,  you can place, connect, and align shapes quickly and accurately with features such as the Quick Shapes Mini Toolbar.

Quick Shapes mini-toolbar

Automated alignment features

With the Duplicate Page feature, you can right- click a page and create a copy–a replica of the content and design features of the original page in a brand new page.

Duplicate Page feature

Variety of themes and effects

Hundreds of new themes and effects are available straight out of the box to help you create professional-looking, customized diagrams. Themes and variants are available on the Design tab.

Design tab with multiple themes

BPMN2.0 diagram with sketch effect theme

BPMN2.0 diagram with an alternate theme

New and updated templates and shapes

The new Visio has an array of new and updated templates and shapes based on the latest standards, such as Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.0, Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.4, and Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0, as well as basic templates such as cross-functional flowcharts and basic workflows.

Tell us what you think

Let us know in the comments what you think of the new Visio and how you’re putting it to work for you, as well as any tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way.

Yana Terukhova, Product Marketing Manager

  1. I would like to see themes available across the Office products so the colour scheme in a Visio diagram can match that used in a Word document etc. Is that possible in 2013?

  2. Docs9 is a much better alternative, and best of all it’s the easiest, simplest to use in my experience so far. It offers a much better, lightweight alternative to Office 365.

    I could have a live presentation ready to share in a matter of seconds. The coolest part was everything from Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel to OpenOffice Writer, Impress, Calc even Google Docs is handled in the exact same way. Because this works purely in a browser, most of my participants enjoyed watching my presentation on their iPhones, Androids, even iPads. Few yet were impressed they could use their old browsers, and for first time had nothing to setup or configure at all!

    Upload, and Share.

    Some corporate organizations might want to take a look at support for Visio, and Microsoft Project as well. It was a relief not having to ask my participants if they have Visio, or Project installed.

    It seems to have grown quite popular amongst young entrepreneurs who collaborate ideas, some self-employed individuals such as teachers, but some corporate organizations seem to favor Docs9 coupled with Skype for most of their online meetings. It has been a huge time saver for many.

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  3. When will Visio Pro for Office 365 be available?

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