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Visio is coming to the web and iOS

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Visio has been a trusted tool in diagramming for more than a decade. And we know its visual communication in the form of diagrams will become more powerful when anyone in the company can consume—regardless of their location or device. So, today we’re excited to announce Visio Viewer for iPad and Visio Online Preview, enabling users to share or access diagrams from nearly anywhere, gain operational insights and explore real-world diagrams easily.

Back to the basics—ubiquitous sharing and access with Visio Online and iPad app

As one of the most widely adopted process mapping tools, Visio helps thousands of organizations blueprint the business processes that drive their desired transformation. Using Visio Online Preview and Visio Viewer for iPad, you can securely store your diagrams in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online and easily share them with anyone as a link—allowing your colleagues to view and interact with diagrams effortlessly across devices.

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Visio Online Preview—gain operational insights from anywhere

The Visio desktop has always been a powerful tool for creating network maps, organizational charts, business processes and more. Visio Online Preview amplifies the power of visual communication by helping teams glean real-time information from diagrams with just a browser—turning your data-linked diagrams into an operational dashboard that more employees can access.

Picture a network map that the IT department uses to manage the company’s global datacenters. As a static diagram, the map is perfect for understanding how different servers interact and show the location of those servers. Now, pairing that map with real-time data, IT admins can see things like server outages as they happen. You can use hyperlinks to bring in additional documentation, such as policy guidance created in Word. Or, moving from the network dashboard to the rack dashboard for a specific server performance, IT admins are able to drill down to the root cause of the outages and take the appropriate actions to keep the business up and running.

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See the Visio Online Public Preview FAQs to learn how to access the preview.

Visio Viewer for iPad—explore real-world diagrams in high-fidelity on the go

Visio diagrams often comprise details that customers could miss on smaller screens. Built for iPad Retina display, Visio Viewer for iPad brings high-fidelity viewing of real-world processes and plans on the go. With the new exploration experience, plant managers can zoom in to production line issues from remote facilities, financial advisors can examine detailed workflows of a loan approval process while visiting clients around the world, retail district managers can conduct store management trainings with associates using detailed CAD-based store layouts and much more.

Using the Find pane, you can pinpoint all occurrences of a shape name, text or data—eliminating the need to sift through countless shapes. After you locate the shape with your desired metadata, smoothly navigate through your diagrams and zoom in and out with intuitive Pan and Zoom features. You can even reveal different visualizations of the same diagram by adjusting the visibility of certain layers. For example, an architect can share the same building layout with Facilities and HR, who can then visualize the respective layers which contain only the electrical map or personnel location for their own functional need. Operations managers can add an inventory visualization layer on top of a production line with throughput information to understand the root cause of a station breakdown.

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You can download Visio Viewer for iPad today. We’ll bring Visio to the iPhone in the coming months.

Send us your thoughts

Visio is continuously innovating to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s digital transformation, starting with robust cross-platform capabilities. Please visit our UserVoice site to give us your thoughts and feedback on the Visio Online Preview, Visio for iPad and other innovations or capabilities that are important to you.

—The Visio team

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4 comments
    • Microsoft has stated that a Visio app for Android and Windows is “on the roadmap”. Microsoft has also iterated that “on the roadmap” can mean as long as 1.5-2 years. That length of times won’t necessarily apply in this case, but it could.

      I too would like to see this available on the UWP. I think the UWP has a lot of promise, but it’s rather discouraging when product groups within Microsoft won’t support it first and/or best. It’s great to see Microsoft products and services on platforms outside of Microsoft’s own, but the most loyal customer base shouldn’t be treated as poorly.

  1. I wish Visio was available as an add-on to Home Premium.

  2. Could you please elaborate on the FAQ’s statement “If you’re using Visio Web Access, we recommend you migrate to Visio Online Public Preview by becoming part of Office 365 First Release.”
    I’m asking because we are currently looking into a business process portal solution on SharePoint Online that includes data binding to SharePoint list elements and using this data by means of the Visio Web Access API (including JavaScript and CSOM) – it’s an inhouse development project for the time beeing.
    Should we reconsider our efforts? If Visio Online is going to replace VWA – where should we look for guidance to unleash that potential?

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