About Visio

Microsoft Visio is a cloud-based flowchart and diagram creation tool, designed to aid collaboration and connect real-time data with business workflows. The platform enables communication of complex information through data-linked diagrams, flowcharts, org charts, floor plans, and more. Visio offers a range of pre-built templates that can be modified and customized depending on business needs. Visio can be used for data visualization, brainstorming, UML diagram creation, org chart creation, process mapping, IT network mapping, and more. The Visio stencil functionality allows users to create commonly used shape stencils to speed up the creation of drawings and professional diagrams.

The Visio platform allows users to collaborate on diagrams and workflows in order to gather insights from all team members and stakeholders. Changes can be made by individuals and synchronized in real time, in-app commenting can be enabled in order to provide feedback, and diagrams can be shared amongst teams within the cloud using links or downloads. Flowcharts and diagrams can be connected to real-time data sources in order to create visualizations, and diagrams can be embedded into Power BI dashboards using Visio Visual.

In order to aid with brainstorming and project planning, Visio offers ready-to-use templates based around brainstorming techniques such as fishbone diagrams and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analyses.

Pricing starting from:

US$5.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Visio

• Create org charts, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, engineering designs, and more using Visio’s drag and drop editor.

• Collaborate on diagrams and flows using tools such as in-app commenting, annotations, and real-time sharing via web links, attachments, or PDF.

• Use pre-built templates based on specific use-cases in order to quickly build and customize workflows or visualizations.

• Integrate Visio with Power BI and embed flowcharts or diagrams into Power BI dashboards in order to provide more data insights.

• Connect Visio with real-time data sources and diagrams will automatically update when data is changed at the source.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Pricing starting from:

US$5.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Visio

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Features

Total features of Visio: 64

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Auto Update
  • Business Process Automation
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Color Codes/Icons
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commercial Properties
  • Customisable Dashboard
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Visualisation
  • Design Management
  • Diagramming
  • Document Embedding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Employee Photos
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Flowchart
  • For Schools
  • Forms Automation
  • Freehand Sketch
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Hierarchical Mapping
  • Ideation
  • Incident Management
  • Inspection Management
  • Interactive Elements
  • Inventory Control
  • Map Exporting
  • Mind Maps
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Language
  • Network Diagram
  • No-Code
  • Organisational Charting
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Process Change Tracking
  • Process Modeling & Designing
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Real Time Data
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Residential Properties
  • Revision History
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Search/Filter
  • Space Management
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Visitor Management
  • Visual Discovery
  • Visual Workflow Management
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(2,160)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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David S.
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A great software.

Reviewed on 03/06/2022

Pros

What I like most about Visio is the standard of the industry and certainly the best tool to build different types of drawings (graphics, diagrams, graphics, etc.). It has many forms and models built (models), many options to connect to a wide range of data sources. Visio diagrams are easy to understand for the technical and non -technical audience.

Cons

What I do not like are the compatibility problems between the Visio web version and the professional version of Office. To avoid this, we use the web version consistently. The set of limited characteristics of the web version is more tolerable than solving compatibility problems.

Federico A.
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  • Industry: Banking
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A great product to visualize process, organizations and information.

Reviewed on 07/06/2022

We have developed a series of structures, visual solutions and solutions for our procedures and...

We have developed a series of structures, visual solutions and solutions for our procedures and business hierarchies.

Pros

This tool is very easy to use, many features are pretty intuitive, there are countless techniques and procedures, looks like it was built to modeling structures, you can easily export it to a PDF format, and there is a vast library of icons and elements.

Cons

The main problem with this tool is that the license can be expensive if you are a small company, you cannot share your work to be edited if the other part / customer does not have a Visio license, not included in the suite of Microsoft Office, if you have a very detail or heavy drawing it may crash, and there is no version for MacOs.

Alternatives Considered

EdrawMax, SmartDraw and Lucidchart

Reasons for Choosing Visio

Visio presented a better alternative that reduced the training time and the adapted well to our BPM.

Switched From

Lucidchart

Reasons for Switching to Visio

We choose Visio because it presented an opportunity to solve our procedures and increase the value our planning department added to the organization.
Artemio E.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

The versatile tool for diagrams

Reviewed on 15/06/2022

Pros

It is an intuitive and easy to use tool, if you know how to use PowerPoint, you will know how to use Visio.

Cons

It is not compatible with other tools for specific use, such as those that use the BPMn standard or similar.

Bradley O.
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Visio - Your Business Process Flow Simplified

Reviewed on 05/04/2022

As I have become accustomed to using this application and learned the great benefits from using it,...

As I have become accustomed to using this application and learned the great benefits from using it, I would happily recommend this product to people who are able to invest time in learning how to use this app.
Just be prepared for the software licensing if purchasing separately.

Pros

Visio is not difficult to administer and utilizes at all. It supports a wide range of graphs as well as graphics. It is well coordinated with other Microsoft items, to be specific office suite.

We generally use it for making flow process diagrams that could be linked to our daily operations and core business functions.
Free to trial for 30 days as well.

Cons

Unfortunately, every drawing object has its own individual properties and behaviors.
It takes a bit of time getting to learn how to use the software effectively at first.
The licensing costs are not up to standard as it is separate from the office suite which is purchased.

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Photoshop and Lucidchart

Reasons for Switching to Visio

As Visio had to stand out images and add-on packs, it just made sense to get this product instead.
Evelyn F.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great tool but somehow outdated.

Reviewed on 27/05/2022

Visio use to be our main software to plan any project and describe work loads, processes, etc....

Visio use to be our main software to plan any project and describe work loads, processes, etc. Nowadays, there are several other platforms with full online capabilities and better team collaboration tools.

Yes, most of those other alternatives are not that good as Visio to create flow charts or any other diagram, but they are more than acceptable for several business lines.

Pros

Thea diagram creation tool is best in class.
Full compatibility with Microsoft Office Suite formats.

Cons

There is not fully free & functional online app for third party participants to join eventually into a brainstorming process or any other board of work.

Alternatives Considered

Whimsical, Trello, Microsoft Project and Asana

Reasons for Switching to Visio

Nowadays, we use Whimsical over Visio for most of our tasks, since Whimsical does allow us to have a better team work. I do still recommend Microsoft Visio for creating precise diagrams over any other alternative, but it is not that useful for Marketing environments, it is for Engineer ones though.
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Visio FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Visio.

Visio offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$5.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Visio Online Plan 1: $5/user/month (billed annually) or $6/user/month (billed monthly). Visio Online Plan 2: $15/user/month (billed annually) or $18/user/month (billed monthly).

Visio has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Visio supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Visio supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Visio integrates with the following applications:

OneDrive

Visio offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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