Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 10 graphics card.
Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 10, 32-bit or 64-bit OS only
Internet access. Fees may apply.
Some features may require additional hardware or services, for example:
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2013, Microsoft
SharePoint Online, or Microsoft OneDrive for Business is
required for coauthoring.
SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2013, or SharePoint
Online is required for viewing Visio Services diagrams
through a web browser. Compatible browsers include Internet
Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 8,
Firefox 10.x or later, Safari 5 (Mac) or later, and Chrome
17.x or later.
Skype for Business or Lync is required for presence notification.
Why can't I open files created with Visio Professional 2013, Visio Standard 2013, or Visio Pro for Office 365 using earlier versions of Visio?
Visio Professional 2013, Visio Standard 2013, and Visio Pro for Office 365 introduce a new
XML-based file format that earlier versions of Visio may be unable to open. Visio Professional
2016 and Visio Standard 2016 keep the XML-based file format. You can save files that
were created in the new Visio in the Visio 2003–2010 Drawing (VSD) format, which earlier
versions of Visio can open. To do this, on the File menu, choose Save As.
Once a location has been selected, change the Save as type to Visio 2003–2010 Drawing.
I’m working in Visio Professional 2016 or Visio Standard 2016 with a file created in Visio 2010 or earlier, and I'm not able to access some of the features in the new Visio. What could be wrong?
When you open a file created with an earlier version of Visio in the new Visio, some
features will be disabled for compatibility. Converting the file to the new Visio
file format will enable all features. To convert a Visio 2003–2010 drawing to the
new file format, on the File menu, click Info, and then click Convert.
What are the differences between Visio Professional and Visio Pro for Office 365?
The core features of the two products are identical. Visio Professional has a perpetual
license—once activated, the software will not expire. Visio Pro for Office 365
requires an active Office 365 subscription for editing capabilities.
Which version of Visio should I purchase?
Do you own or intend to purchase Office 365 ProPlus?
If yes, please purchase Visio Pro for Office 365.
If no, please choose between Visio Professional 2016 and Visio Standard 2016.
How can I learn about options for licensing Visio?
For information on how to license Visio, please visit our
How do I license Visio Pro for Office 365?
Visio Pro for Office 365 requires an Office 365 account and tenant. You can sign up for
here and then add Visio Pro for Office 365 licenses to your account.
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