Visio is a diagramming and vector graphics application that
helps you create professional diagrams that are linked to
data and updated when data changes.
Visio is part of the Microsoft Office family, but it is
not included in the basic Office 365 packages. You have
to pay an extra fee to use it regularly, but you can include
Visio in your free trial and see if it is useful to you.
NOTE: It is no longer possible to try Visio as
described below. This article will be removed as soon as
Office Online from Scratch is updated. By keeping
the article for now, we can reach readers of the current
In the demo below Peter Kalmström, kalmstrom.com CEO and
Systems Designer, shows how to add Visio Plan 2 to an Office
365 trial. (There is also a Plan 1 that gives Visio Online
but not the desktop application.) The process is the same
if you are already subscribing to Office 365 and want to
Peter shows how to give one user access to Visio via 'Active
users', but 'Active users' also gives a bulk licensing option.
Furthermore, a wizard for adding user licenses is shown
in the Office 365 Admin center after the Visio trial has
been set up. These methods are described in Peter's book
Office 365 from Scratch.
Process for adding Visio to Office 365
Click on the App Launcher button and then on 'Admin'
to open the Office 365 admin center.
In the left pane, select 'Billing' and then 'Purchase
Visio Plan 2 in the list of services.
Click on the trial link.
Click on 'Try now'.
Click on 'Continue'.
Select 'Users' and then 'Active users' in the left
hand pane of the Office 365 Admin center.
Select the users to whom you want to assign the
Edit the Product licenses and enable Visio.
Now each user who has been assigned Visio can install the
application via his/her account >Install status or via