Compare Visio versions and features

The following table compares some key features between various versions of Visio.

Feature included  Feature is new    Feature improved  Feature is improved    Feature not included  Feature is included

Create anything visually

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio Pro for Office 365

Versatile templates and thousands of shapes

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature included

Smart shapes for maps and floor plans

Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved

Ability to import DWG and DXF files into Visio

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved

Subprocesses to break complex processes into manageable pieces

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Option to validate diagrams using built-in and extendable business rules

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Easy shape customization

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Container to classify shapes

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Support for various process standards, including Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) 2.0

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

New electrical solution with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) compliance

Feature included Feature included

New UML templates conforming to Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.5 standard

Feature included

Easy access to third-party templates and sample diagrams

Feature included

Bring diagrams to life with data linking

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio Pro for Office 365

Ability to link diagram shapes to data from multiple sources, including Excel, Excel Services, SharePoint Lists, SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, and SQL Server

Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved

Ability to apply an extensive set of data graphics and colors to visualize data

Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved

Automatic creation of data legends, providing a key for applied data graphics

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Ability to refresh data automatically, either on a defined schedule or manually

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Automatic generation of organizational charts from data sources like Excel, Exchange, or Active Directory

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Rapid data connectivity with Excel tables and ability to swap data graphics with one click

Feature included Feature included

Get started easily

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio Pro for Office 365

Intuitive drawing experience—flyout shapes, inserting and deleting shapes with connection healing, and changing shapes while preserving diagram layout and shape metadata

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Auto align and space

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Easy-to-apply themes to create modern diagrams quickly

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Shape effect options—shadow, bevel, glow, and others

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Starter Diagrams and contextual tips and tricks

Feature included Feature included

Tell Me support to search and navigate through commands

Feature included Feature included

Draw tab—use finger or pen to draw and annotate

Feature included

Collaborate throughout the process

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio Pro for Office 365

In-app commenting on a diagram or shape

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Co-authoring—two or more people working on a single diagram at the same time (Requires Office 365 or SharePoint)

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Ability to use presence awareness and visibility to IM or call other people (Requires Skype for Business or other compliant IM client)

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved

Secured diagrams with Microsoft file protection technologies

Feature included Feature included

Delve support for team document discovery

Feature included

Communicate one version of the truth

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio Pro for Office 365

Easy diagram sharing and access with the new web app (Requires eligible SKUs from Office 365, SharePoint Online, or OneDrive for Business)

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Intuitive pan and zoom to view shapes in full fidelity with the new web app or iPad app (Requires eligible SKUs from Office 365, SharePoint Online, or OneDrive for Business)

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Hyperlink to a web page or diagram file in the new web app

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Ability to search shape text in the new iPad app

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Ability to switch layers on and off in the new iPad app

Feature included Feature included Feature included

No-code dashboard with the new web app (Requires eligible SKUs from Office 365 or SharePoint Online)

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Simplify IT management

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio Pro for Office 365

Backwards compatibility to open a Visio 2013, Visio 2010, Visio 2007, Visio 2003, or Visio 2000 file

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Availability through Office 365 as a subscription

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Roaming application—ability to install Visio temporarily on a Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 PC

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Touch support on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 PCs

Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved

Compatibility with Windows 10

Feature included Feature included

Ability to have an Office-like experience, including high DPI and Dark Theme support

Feature included
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