Microsoft is Bringing Visio to iPad, iPhone, and the Web

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, Mobile, Office, Office 365 with 9 Comments

Microsoft is Bringing Visio to iPad, iPhone, and the Web

Expanding on its previous pledge to bring Visio to iPad, Microsoft revealed this week plans for Visio on iPhone and the web as well.

“Visio has been a trusted tool in diagramming for more than a decade,” the Visio team notes in a new post to the Office Blogs. “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.”

To the end, Microsoft revealed in October that it would port Visio to the iPad, and it started a limited preview that quickly filled up. Today, the firm revealed that it is bringing Visio to the web and iPhone as well. And that public preview versions of Visio Viewer for iPad and Visio Online are now available.

Visio Online Preview and Visio Viewer for iPad both work with OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online so you can storage and share your diagrams with colleagues across devices, Microsoft says.


“Built for iPad Retina display, Visio Viewer for iPad brings high-fidelity viewing of real-world processes and plans on the go,” Microsoft explains. “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.”

You can download Visio Viewer for iPad today. Microsoft says that Visio will come to the iPhone in the “coming months.”


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9 responses to “Microsoft is Bringing Visio to iPad, iPhone, and the Web”

  1. 5234

    Visio was awesome - when they had Active Directory synchronization.

    You used to literally be able to visually drag and drop Active Directory and Exchange Server elements in Visio and have it sync back so that AD re-organized things in the database.  You could assign computers and users to different OU's and even do network interface programming of IP addresses, subnets, and such.

    • 214

      In reply to Waethorn:

      Agreed - wish they'd taken this further - integrated it with Systems Center - bring an object-oriented methodology and representation to network management. 

  2. 2706

    Man, visio is such a pig resource wise, I'd like to see them pull this off.

  3. 672

    I used to use Visio in middle and high school for basic diagrams. There was nothing better. When I went to college I didn't have the license to it so I haven't used it since. I might have to check it out again.

  4. 5767

    I'd love to do Visio diagrams on a Surface Studio.

  5. 461

    Sounds like the web portion is only for viewing Visio files - not creating/editing them.

  6. 5539

    Visio for Pad seems to be just a viewer, at least so far in the preview. Haven't downloaded the release yet. There has always been a Visio viewer plugin for IE. If they turn that into a web editor, great. Maybe just include Visio in Office 365 offerings. It's expensive, either boxed or subscription, but it is damn good for what it does.

  7. 5553

    And DJT is bringing good jobs back onshore.

    Not Obama burger flipping jobs.

  8. 1775

    > can [store] and share...