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Microsoft Brings Visio Online Preview to Web Browsers

Visio users can now access Visio Online Preview, bringing many of the diagram manager’s tools to web browsers. Microsoft says the full service will be rolled out later in the year for Office 365 commercial customers.


After a Visio Insider Program launched for iPad earlier in the month, the service now comes to Office. has announced a new Visio Online Preview for commercial customers. As the name suggests, this is a preview and it is currently in its first phase release.

Visio 2016 was launched last year but has been coming to other platforms recently. First and foremost the service is a diagram tool. Users are able to pull data from services like Azure Active Directory, Excel, and others with up-to-date templates. Microsoft says the tool is fast for creating visualizations.

Visio Online Preview brings some of Visio's tools to web browsers. Users can view and share diagrams within their browser. It has more functionality in terms of linking to web pages, zoom for detail in high fidelity, and deeper searches into sub-processes. The Online Preview also hooks into Visio Pro for Office 365 to edit diagram.

Customers are able to access the Visio Online Preview by uploading a .vsdx file to the cloud. This can be achieved by using both SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. The Online version of the diagram service functions on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Microsoft says the full version will roll out to Office 365 commercial subscribers before the close of the year.

Visio for iPad

Earlier in the month, Microsoft introduced Visio Insider Program for iPad. That particular service will be arriving in the coming weeks. It will be available on all iPads running iOS 9, in English, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

Some of the features for the Visio for iPad service included the ability to view files from OneDrive and SharePoint. Users can also see files received in attachments. Microsoft also optimized the Pan and Zoom features to work on the iPads smaller screen.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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