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Visio recap from Microsoft Ignite 2019
Published Nov 26 2019 10:13 AM 5,139 Views

With Microsoft Ignite 2019 now in the rearview mirror, we’d like to thank you for coming to our sessions and stopping by our booths. Over the course of the week, we had many thoughtful questions and conversations with attendees—thank you for sharing your feedback with us!


Ignite was a great event for us this year, and we are thrilled to have the conference as a venue to share our updates and new features with you in person. But, if we missed you, there’s still time to catch up on the latest Visio news. Below is a short recap of the major announcements and links to the on-demand sessions.


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Exciting news from Ignite

Public preview of the Visio Data Visualizer add-in for Excel: In our continued effort to make diagramming simpler and easier for everyone, we announced the public preview of the Visio Data Visualizer add-in for Excel, which enables all Office 365 subscribers—no Visio subscription is required—to create data-driven Visio diagrams directly in Excel. Automatically create high-quality flowcharts, cross-functional flowcharts (or Swimlane diagrams), and organizational charts from data in Excel tables.


General availability of Unified Modeling Language (UML) shapes in Visio for the web: To address one of the most popular requests from Visio users, we announced the general availability of UML shapes and functionalities in the Visio web app. Now, all Visio Plan 1 and Visio Plan 2 users can model software-based systems and other processes quickly and easily with shapes and templates that meet UML 2.5 standards.


Co-authoring in Visio for the web: We also provided a first look at one of the most impactful changes we are bringing to the Visio web app—real-time co-authoring. Coming soon, you and your colleagues will be able to work on diagrams and see changes as they happen in real time. Document presence will allow you to see where co-authors are working in the document to avoid conflicting changes, and a seamless sharing experience will let you share diagrams with stakeholders within or outside your organization to review and iterate through comments.

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In case you missed it, view our on-demand sessions

Visio roadmap: Now and beyond

Learn how your organization can achieve a data-driven culture with the latest feature announcements and exciting future roadmap of Visio.

Watch the on-demand session here


Build rich visual solutions using Visio APIs to solve real-world problems visually

See how our new Visio APIs for the web can help you to build customized dashboards and SharePoint mashups to solve challenging problems. Specifically, you will learn how Robins & Morton was able to more efficiently communicate large construction schedules to site personnel using a Visio add-in.

Watch the on-demand session here


Design and create business workflows automatically using Microsoft Excel, Flow, and Visio

In this session, we showcase how to create process diagrams automatically from data. Using the Visio import from Excel and export to Microsoft Flow (now Power Automate) feature, you can draw your processes on canvas with a single click and export the workflow to Power Automate with ease.

Watch the on-demand session here


Unlock the power of data driven diagramming with Microsoft Excel and Visio

In this session, we show you how to create diagrams automatically using data from Excel, and how to keep your data and diagrams connected with a two-way sync. We also showcase the new Data Visualizer add-in for Excel.

Watch the on-demand session here


Build insightful Power BI dashboards within Teams using visualizations created in Microsoft Visio

Learn how to build rich and insightful dashboards using Power BI and Visio, and how the two work together in Microsoft Teams to enable in-app conversations and seamless collaboration.

Watch the on-demand session here


What attendees had to say about the sessions

  • “What they presented is sooooo going to help me. Awesome additions.”
  • “Loved the org chart integration!”
  • “Interesting new features to create a flow from Visio.”
  • “Exciting Visio developments! Fantastic work!”
  • “Really nice features here! Looks so easy…can’t wait to try it by myself.”
  • “Good stuff. I like how they can sync both ways.”

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And that’s a wrap!

Mark your calendars for the Microsoft Business Applications Summit in Anaheim April 20-21, 2020. We look forward to seeing you there!


Until then, if you have any questions regarding our on-demand sessions from Ignite, email us at We also invite you to submit and vote on ideas for future Visio capabilities through UserVoice. Stay current on new Visio features and releases by following us on Facebook and Twitter and engaging with us on the Visio Tech Community.

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