M365 Changelog: In Preview: Microsoft 365 now includes the core functionalities of Visio

MC280285 – In this feature update (preview), Microsoft is adding Visio in Microsoft 365 commercial plans for your tenant users at no additional cost. Visio in Microsoft 365 comes with a web app that offers core functionalities of Visio and allows users to create, edit, and share professional diagrams and integrates with a variety of Microsoft solutions, including Microsoft Teams, for a collaborative diagramming experience.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 72235.

When will this happen:

Microsoft will begin rolling this out in early September and expect to complete by the end of September.

How this will affect your organization:

By default, this new Visio web app will be available to all Microsoft 365 commercial plan subscribers in your tenant. This web app is not a replacement for existing Visio subscription plans but intended to meet the essential diagramming needs of Microsoft 365 users.

The new Visio web app is designed to provide Microsoft 365 users in your tenant access to the core functionalities of Visio. It will enable users to create, edit, and collaborate on Visio diagrams from virtually anywhere, at any time. Its main benefits are:

  • Easy to create professional diagrams: A simple Getting Started experience offers a selection of pre-crafted starter diagrams and contextual tips and tricks to help you quickly create diagrams.
  • Seamless collaboration: Lets you edit diagrams and flowcharts simultaneously with colleagues who are also using Visio and encourage greater collaboration on diagrams with in-app presence and shape-specific comments.
  • Integrated experience: You can collaborate on Visio files directly in Teams, create data-driven Visio diagrams in excel, and easily add diagrams in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

Once this feature is rolled out to you, Visio tile will be available in ‘All apps’ on www.office.com, or you can visit http://visio.office.com/ to get started.

What you need to do to prepare:

No action is required. However, Microsoft would like to remind you that you could control the self-service purchase of Visio paid plans for your tenant users at any time. Check this link to learn more: Use AllowSelfServicePurchase for the MSCommerce PowerShell module. Please notify your users about this new capability available in Microsoft 365 suite.