After a Visio Insider Program launched for iPad earlier in the month, the service now comes to Office. Microsoft has announced a new Visio Online Preview for Office 365 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.