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Microsoft Releases Visio Online with Diagramming Templates

Microsoft releases browser-based version of diagramming software Visio Online, is now generally available. Visio Online is available in two versions, Plan 1 and Plan 2. Both available with the same 2GB of OneDrive storage, but there is visible difference in terms of cost.
Visio Online comes with a host of templates for a variety of audiences, including starter diagrams for basic flowcharts, process diagrams, timelines, business matrixes, SDL diagrams, and many more. Visualizing information is easy—just drag and drop shapes onto the canvas, change a shape’s color or the overall diagram theme, and quickly link one shape to another with connectors. Plus, you can securely share web-based diagrams through OneDrive for Business. (Visio Online Plan 1 and Plan 2 include 2 GB of OneDrive storage.

Visio Online Plan 1 (replacing Visio Services for SharePoint Online) costs $5 per user per month with an annual commitment ($60 per year) and enables users to share their diagrams as an image, PDF file, email attachment or web link. It also supports user comments and includes accessibility features like Microsoft's Narrator tool, high-contrast rendering and an accessibility checker.

Visio Online Plan 2 (previously Visio Pro for Office 365) will pay $13 per user per month, again with an annual commitment ($156 per year). The additional outlay gets buyers everything included in Plan 1, plus a copy of the Visio desktop application, co-authoring capabilities and annotations. Plan 2 also includes improved support for AutoCAD drawings and an integration with Power BI, the company's cloud-based business intelligence and data visualization product.

Additionally, Visio Online Plan 2 provides a Data Visualizer tool that automatically turns Excel-based process map data into Visio diagrams. Similar functionality is available in the Visio Pro software for Office 365. For iPhone and iPad owners, Visio Viewer for iOS allows users to view, share and interact with diagrams.

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