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Simplify and communicate complex information with data-linked diagrams that you can create in just a few clicks. Visio makes diagramming simple. Whether you want to quickly capture a flowchart that you brainstormed on a whiteboard, map an IT network, build an organizational chart, document a business process, or draw a floor plan, Visio helps you work visually.
Screenshot of a Visio organizational template you can use to jump-start diagrams.

Create professional diagrams quickly

  • Get started with Visio easily with a select set of pre-crafted starter diagrams and contextual tips and tricks.
  • Take advantage of refreshed templates and thousands of shapes that meet industry standards including Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.4, Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.0 and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) compliance.
  • Use smart shapes to boost productivity, and leverage new themes and effects to customize and complete professional-looking diagrams faster.
Close-up of a data-linked Visio diagram with a data spreadsheet and Shape Data.

Bring diagrams to life with data linking

  • Connect data to the visualization of an organizational structure, IT network, manufacturing plant, or complex business processes to grasp performance in one glance. Visio shapes can be linked to multiple data sources including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Excel Services, Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, and Microsoft SharePoint Lists and Business Connectivity Services.
  • Use data graphics such as icons, colors and text to simplify and enhance the visualization of complex information.
  • Take advantage of the new one-step connectivity with Excel tables and swap data graphics to your preference with one click.
Close-up of a data-linked Visio diagram with a data spreadsheet and Shape Data.
A laptop and a tablet, each showing a different Visio diagram.

Communicate one version of truth visually

  • Communicate and share your flow chart, timeline, process maps, organizational structure, IT architecture, or floor plan across the enterprise through a browser with Visio Services in Office 365 or SharePoint. As your underlying data refreshes, your diagrams is refreshed in the browser.
  • Work together on the same diagram at the same time and easily see reviewers' comments—in both Visio and Visio Services.
  • Secure diagrams with Information Rights Management (IRM), data loss protection (DLP) and multi-factor authentication.