Visio updates—advanced design collaboration, data-linked diagrams and cross-platform coverage

In the August Office 365 update yesterday, Kirk Koenigsbauer announced the pre-release of Visio Online and Visio on iPad to enable cross-platform consumption of Visio diagrams. Today, we take a hands-on look at both, as well as updates to Visio Pro for Office 365, from one-step data linking to diagrams, to advanced design and collaboration with the enhanced AutoCAD support.

The Visio team is committed to empowering individuals to create anything visually, teams to collaborate throughout the processes, and organizations to effectively communicate one version of the truth. The three scenarios in today’s Microsoft Mechanics demo highlight Visio’s enhancements as a collaboration platform.

For example, with the improved AutoCAD import, architects, engineers and the operations team can now work together on advanced design originating from AutoCAD 2013 files. Teams can also use Office 365 collaboration features and tools, such as inking and Skype for Business. With one-step data linking, end users and IT professionals can quickly bring their diagrams to life. This helps make sure data-linked diagrams are always up-to-date. You can also surface operational insights on top of real-world processes and plans—enabling your organization to get insights in more intuitive ways. You will be able to leverage these capabilities through the Visio Pro for Office 365 subscription. Give us your feedback and vote for upcoming features in UserVoice.

The data-linked diagrams become even more powerful when shared via Visio Online and Visio on iPad. You can get access to the Visio Online Preview through the Office 365 First Release program; and the Insider Program of Visio on iPad was also just rolled out. You can get started here to sign up. The Insider Program is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you don’t get an invitation after sign-up, check back periodically on Office 365 Public Roadmap for the general availability of Visio on iPad in the App Store. Learn more from our frequently asked questions.

Don’t forget to see all of this in action and hear what’s coming next by checking out today’s show.

—Stella Lin, product marketing manager for the Visio team

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