Microsoft’s Visio Online preview available

By: George Finley
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Visio was created by the Shapeware Corporation and launched in 1992, but the product was acquired by Windows in 2000. This diagramming and vector graphics application is part of the big Microsoft Office family and the company has just released Visio Online in preview, a program which allows users to access the app from any of the seven supported browsers.

By using Visio Online, users are able to view and share Vision diagrams on the web or their files stored on OneDrive. Microsoft noted in a blog post that “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.”

Windows users who want to try out Visio online in preview must own any of these suites:

  • 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.

On Desktop and laptops, its supported OS and browsers are:

  • Windows 10 – Edge, IE 11, Firefox and Chrome;
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 – IE 11, IE 10, Firefox and Chrome;
  • Windows 7 (SP1) – IE 11, IE 10, IE 9, Firefox and Chrome;
  • Windows 7 (SP2) – IE 9, Firefox and Chrome;
  • Windows Vista (SP2) – IE 9, Firefox and Chrome;
  • Mac OS X (10.8 and later) – Firefox, Chrome and Safari;
  • Linux – Firefox and Chrome.

On tablets, the supported OS and browsers are:

  • Windows 10 – Edge, IE, Firefox and Chrome;
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 – IE, Firefox and Chrome;
  • Android (Latest) – Chrome;
  • iOS (Latest) – Safari.

On phones, the supported OS and browsers are:

  • Windows Phone 10 – Edge;
  • Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 – IE;
  • Android (4 and later) – Chrome;
  • iOS (latest) – Safari.

Microsoft also released Visio Viewer for iPad, which works hand in hand with OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

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