The new Visio will have three editions: Microsoft Visio Standard 2013,
Microsoft Visio Professional 2013 and Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365.
Which Visio edition is right for you?
Many of the improvements and new features in the new Visio are available
across all editions, but Visio Professional and Visio Pro for Office 365 contain
some additional functionality when compared to Visio Standard.
Microsoft Visio Standard 2013 is designed for people looking for a
powerful diagraming platform with a rich set of built-in stencils. It helps
simplify complex information through simple and easy-to-understand diagrams.
Visio Standard includes stencils for business diagrams, organization charts,
basic flowcharts and general multi-purpose diagrams.
Microsoft Visio Professional 2013 makes it easier than ever for
individuals and teams to create and share professional, versatile diagrams that
simplify complex information. It includes all of the functionality of Visio
Standard 2013 as well as updated shapes and templates; enhanced support for team
collaboration, including the ability for several people to work on a single
diagram at the same time; and the ability to link diagrams to data. Visio
Professional 2013 includes all of the rich stencils in Visio Standard 2013, and
adds additional stencils for business and engineering diagrams, process diagrams
(including BPMN 2.0), maps and floor plans, network diagrams, and software and
Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365, available as a subscription
through Microsoft Office 365, includes the same features, stencils and shapes as
in Visio Professional 2013. In addition, it allows each user to install Visio on
up to five PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8. It also adds Visio on Demand,
which lets users temporarily install Visio on kiosk computers, and it
automatically installs the latest feature and security updates for the duration
of the subscription.
The main functionality differences between the three editions are summarized
in the table below. As always, if you have any questions about the differences
between the new Visio editions, please let us know in the comments below.
--Ian Mikutel, Program Manager, Visio Team