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Visio 2016 became publically available last September, but users wanting to take advantage of it on their tablets have had to wait. Fortunately, Microsoft has today announced the need for 2000 Insiders on their iPad version.

The first preview will begin towards the end of this month and carry on through September. It will be available on all iPads running iOS 9, in English, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

Visio Features

For those unfamiliar with Visio, it’s primarily a diagram tool. Using up-to-date templates, users can pull data from Excel, Azure Active Directory and more to create a fast and industry standard visualization.

Microsoft asks Insiders to comment in particular on the following iPad-specific features:

  • “View files from OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint, or files received as email attachments
  • The Pan and Zoom experience is optimized for a small touch screen
  • Turn the visibility of layers on or off
  • Copy the current view of a Visio diagram as an image and paste it in another app
  • Share a file as a link or attachment
  • Find text in a shape
  • AirPrint a Visio file.”

Strangely, Microsoft has decided to use a different naming convention for this app. Rather than the usual “Visio for iPad,” the diagram tool is called “Visio on iPad.”

The app will be available to download for free, that doesn’t mean it will be free to use. A desktop Visio subscription currently costs at least £279.99, and you’ll probably need the plan to log in.

There’s no word on when the app will be generally available, other than “we’re working on it.”  However, the team has confirmed that the Insider program will extend outside of the original 2000 in the future.

You can sign up for the Visio on iPad Insider Program using this link. It requires a short survey, and you must be part of an organization.