Microsoft Visio

Visio Online is an application that lets users map processes using various graphical forms. Visio Online enables you to view, edit, and share Visio diagrams on the web. Start with a basic chart to express common ideas, such as depicting a plan, proposing, or describing a sequence of steps in a process. Creating first-class diagrams with commonly-used diagram types and rich shape sets is simple and easy. Visio Online users can view and collaborate by sharing charts and inserting comments in files uploaded to SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business.

How to Get Microsoft Visio

Users who only need to view Visio diagrams can do so for free by visiting Visio Online Basic.

Students may be able to download Visio through Azure for Education.

Users who need to create professional business and IT diagrams that meet industry standards and can be connected to data will require a Visio Plan 2 License. It is also the only way for UW faculty and staff to obtain the Visio desktop app.

Visio Plan 2 licenses are offered to UW departments annually from June 1 to May 31 in alignment with our Microsoft contract. They include no service or support for the product itself, and the cost is not prorated when purchased midway through the contract year.

Please note: The Visio Plan 2 desktop application is incompatible with Office 2016. To utilize it, upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus.

Order Visio Plan 2

License Details

  • VisioPlan 2 licenses are assigned to an individual. The Visio desktop app may be installed on up to 5 devices but can only be used on one device at a time by the named user.
  • Visio Plan 2 licenses can not be assigned to a shared UW NetID.
  • Once purchased, you will be automatically billed for your Visio Plan 2 license on an annual basis unless you cancel the renewal before the cancellation deadline. For more information about the cancellation deadline or to submit a cancellation request form, visit:

Additional Information

Microsoft Visio Online FAQs

  • You can install Visio Online on up to five devices.

  • Yes

  • The license can be transferred to another user at the department’s request.
  • The license can be canceled using the Cancellation Request Form. (Please read all the details related to cancellation.)

Step 1: Sign in to download Visio

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your UW NetID credentials ( – include the portion.
  3. In the Office Apps & Devices Box, click View Apps & Devices, then click Visio. Choose the language and the bit version you want, then click Install. (To install 64-bit, under Version, select Advanced, choose 64-bit, and then select Install.)

Tip: If Visio isn’t listed under the Software navigation heading on the left side of your page, it probably means you don’t have a license. Check if you have a license; if you don’t, contact your admin and ask to have one assigned.

Visio should now begin downloading. Follow the prompts in Step 2 to complete the installation.

Step 2: Install Visio

  1. Depending on your browser, select Run (in Edge or Internet Explorer), Setup (in Chrome), or Save File (in Firefox).

If you see the User Account Control prompt that says, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? Select Yes.

The installation begins.

  1. Your installation is finished when you see the phrase, “You’re all set! Visio is installed now,” an animation shows you where to find the Visio app on your computer.

Follow the instructions in the window to find Visio. For example, depending on your version of Windows, select Start and then scroll to see Visio from your list of apps.

  • No, there is no Mac version of Visio. However, Mac users can use Visio Online on the web.

Quick Facts

Available for

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff


PC, Web Browser


Per User: $35 annually

All sales are final.


  • Productivity

Documentation and Support