Visio 2010 Technical Preview Released

This week Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010 have reached the technical preview engineering milestone. A limited number of invited participants can now download Visio 2010 to try it for themselves. This milestone also kicks off our coverage of Visio 2010 on the Visio Insights blog!




Visio 2010 Overview

Visio 2010 focuses on three major areas of investment:

Ease of Use

Visio 2010 incorporates the Office Fluent User Interface and design philosophy. The improved organization and presentation of Visio’s capabilities helps you complete tasks and create better looking diagrams with greater efficiency. The Shapes Window gets a new look and new capabilities to make organizing shapes and adding them to the drawing even easier. Within the drawing window we added productivity improvements like shape insertion and automatic alignment & spacing to speed up initial diagram creation AND assist with editing and maintaining diagrams over time.

Process Management

Visio 2010 delivers a great new experience for working with process diagrams. We've redesigned our cross-functional flowcharts to be simple, scalable, and reliable. We've added new diagram types for the Business Process Modeling Notation standard and for designing SharePoint workflows, which can be configured and deployed with SharePoint Designer 2010. Sub-processes and containers break up a diagram into understandable pieces, and the Validation feature can analyze a diagram to ensure it is properly constructed. Visio integrates with SharePoint to provide a process diagram library for centralized storage of process documents.

Visio Services

Visio 2010 can take data-refreshable diagrams and publish them to SharePoint for broad distribution to anyone with a web browser. Visio Services performs data refresh and rendering on the server and delivers up-to-date diagrams in the browser. The diagram author no longer needs to repost the diagram every time the data changes, and diagram viewers no longer need the Visio client to see the diagram.



Visio 2010 application workspace


Looking ahead

Over the coming weeks and months we'll introduce Visio 2010 in depth. We will cover the features in Visio 2010 as well as discuss some of the customer input and decision making that went into the release. Whether you are an interested user, a shape designer, an IT professional, or a developer you'll find valuable information about the product.

We also look forward to your feedback on the product and your discussion on the blog. Please tell us what you think and what you want to know more about.

Comments (13)

  1. says:

    Are all the low-color icons and shapes in the library finally replaced by high color modern equivalents? And what about including Visio in an Ultimate SKU? With only 5 announced SKUs, there seems to be no improvement on that one.

  2. Visio Team says:

    Hi sevenflavor,

    The short answer about icons is that we have improved their look with more color depth. We’ll have the details in a future post.

    We’ll also discuss our SKU / packaging later on, but the plan is for Visio to continue to be sold separately from the Office SKUs.

  3. Damian says:

    Disappointed to see that the ‘page’ metaphor is still there. The canvas should be a unlimited space and only when one goes to print / export does one choose the scale and print area.

  4. Visio Team says:

    Hi Damian,

    Stay tuned for a discussion of the new AutoSize Page feature in Visio 2010. It effectively turns the page into an infinite canvas.

  5. Bernie Hill says:

    I would think that by the year 2010, Visio would have entered the 3-D world.  I am tired of looking at simplistic 2D figures that fail to convey meaningful information effectively.

  6. James says:

    "It effectively turns the page into an infinite canvas."

    That sounds great, very annoying having to deal with the page artefact when forming an extensive system schema.

    Would be nice to be able to design on an infinite page and define different diagram sections to be grouped for printing.

    "Sub-processes and containers break up a diagram into understandable pieces."

    Two thumbs up here!! Can’t wait.

  7. _ says:

    Looks great… but it would be nice if Visio could do Finite Automaton diagrams… perhaps someday.

  8. Buck Woody says:

    Will there be forward/reverse engineer Database functions? We lost that in 2007 pro, and I really relied on that feature.


    (bwoody @ microsoft . com)

  9. David Mumladze says:

    It’s been always a cumbersome job to define classes, methods, properties etc. within the namespaces simply because it was a very "mouse click intensive" job, and to find an object within the namespace using the dropdown you have to actually keep scrolling through it. I would like to see auto-complete features in the next release…

  10. Shubho says:


    i would love to see Visio drawing from some of the SmartArt things in Office 2007. Sometimes it is just a total mismatch if you have to come up with a document and you somehow have to use both diagrams created in Visio and other office applications.

  11. Bernardo says:

    I am in the same line that Bernie Hill, I am architect and use Visio how my main design/drawing program but I miss in Visio a 3D tool. The infinite canvas will be right for certain people in the corporate world, but the rest are OK with the page sizes (Arch/Eng. ISO formats). I miss too in Visio Technnical a tool that MS substract from the Original Visio, this was the "property line" that was very useful for drawing surveying draws.  

  12. BuckWoody says:

    So, I guess this blog isn’t being monitored? No response to my question on modeling databases anymore? Ah well.

  13. Bernardo (Architect) says:

    I begin use Visio with the version 4 to 2007 version, I want to know if this aplication under MS go to be supporting technical architecture and engineering drawings or is best said Bye and change to other drawing aplication ? I liked it because is low learning curve and that the originals developers know the real drafstmans environments.

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