As part of a broader push towards cloud-first technologies in Office 365, Microsoft today announced that it has brought Visio Online out of preview.
“As a web-based, lightweight diagramming tool, Visio Online is the perfect solution,” the Visio team announced today. “With it you can create, edit, and share diagrams online, helping you visualize information in new ways from anywhere.”
Note that Visio Online is not included with any Office 365 subscription: Its available starting today to commercial customers for $5 per user per month with an annual commitment. That said, Visio Online diagrams can be viewed by anyone within an organization, even those not paying for the license.
Visio Online comes with templates for variety of audiences, including starter diagrams for basic flowcharts, process diagrams, timelines, business matrixes, SDL diagrams, and more, Microsoft notes. You can securely share web-based diagrams through OneDrive for Business.
But with the general release, Visio Online is also picking up some new cloud-first capabilities, including:
Power BI support. Power BI is a cloud-based visualization tool that helps companies gain actionable insights from complex datasets. Starting today, Visio diagrams can be linked to live data and embedded in Power Bi dashboards.
Data Visualizer. You can now convert process map data from Excel into data-driven diagrams in Visio. This can help users surface new process insights and potentially come up with creative solutions to complex problems.
Visio Viewer for iOS. You can now view and interact with Visio diagrams on iPad and iPhone, including shared diagrams hosted in OneDrive or SharePoint.
PowerPoint Slide Snippets. You can select parts of a diagram and export them as slides in PowerPoint so that you can break down complex diagrams into more easily understandable parts.
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