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What is Microsoft Visio?

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Microsoft Visio is a specialized diagram application for the creation of business plans, flowcharts and layouts with scalable vector graphics. The program offers a diverse set of visual applications and built-in stencils to simplify complex data through the creation of streamlined diagrams. Visio includes templates and stencils for business diagrams, network diagrams, flowcharts, organization charts and various multipurpose diagrams

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Visio includes general block and basic diagrams, along with several business templates, such as brainstorming, marketing, audit and organization charts. The program also offers basic, cross-functional and traditional flow charts schedule diagrams and timelines.

Visio includes a sharing application to enable other users to edit or comment on a diagram from an enabled device. User comments are connected with specific shapes to seamlessly integrate dialogue with peers. Comments can be responded to, deleted or filtered based on the owner’s request. Visio also provides an instant messaging tool to initiate real-time audio or video calls with colleagues associated with the document. All work on Visio can be shared through a browser, Office 365 or SharePoint.

Visio, through its rich library of visuals, effects and themes, allows users to create and customize presentation-ready diagrams. The program is fully compatible with Windows 8 tablets for creating, reviewing and editing diagrams on the go.

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