After releasing Visio for iPad, Microsoft announced the release of Visio for web – Visio Online (preview).

The service which is in public beta currently, is a new way to view and share Visio diagrams on the web.

The Visio desktop has always been a powerful tool for creating network maps, organizational charts, business processes and more. Visio Online Preview amplifies the power of visual communication by helping teams glean real-time information from diagrams with just a browser—turning your data-linked diagrams into an operational dashboard that more employees can access.


Visio Online Public Preview is currently available to the Office 365 commercial subscriptions which include Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Government E1, Office 365 Enterprise K1, Office 365 Government K1, OneDrive for Business Plan 1, OneDrive for Business Plan 2, SharePoint Online Plan 1.


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Picture a network map that the IT department uses to manage the company’s global datacenters. As a static diagram, the map is perfect for understanding how different servers interact and show the location of those servers. Now, pairing that map with real-time data, IT admins can see things like server outages as they happen. You can use hyperlinks to bring in additional documentation, such as policy guidance created in Word. Or, moving from the network dashboard to the rack dashboard for a specific server performance, IT admins are able to drill down to the root cause of the outages and take the appropriate actions to keep the business up and running.


How do I get started using Visio Online Public Preview?

You can upload a .vsdx file to either OneDrive for Business or to a library on SharePoint Online. Then, when you click the name of the file, it will open in a new browser tab. You can even share the diagrams between your colleagues, and they will be able to directly view it on a browser without the need to install Visio desktop app.

If you want to learn more, visit this page for more information