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Microsoft Visio (officially known as Microsoft Office Visio) is a diagramming and vector graphics application released for Windows computers. It is a part of the Microsoft Office suite but is sold separately (i.e. it is not considered a “core” application unlike Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Visio enables its users to create complicated vector graphics which most graphic designers will know about, such as Gantt charts, PERT charts and IDEF0 models. In Visio, the graphics used to create diagrams are vectorial. Visio had many uses in Microsoft’s business strategies – for example ActiveX control, which is a plugin based on Microsoft Visio’s source code, allowed users to read certain documents when using internet explorer.

A history of Microsoft Visio

Visio was a graphics tool before it was acquired by Microsoft, and had already achieved quite a lot of commercial success. The first version (version 1.0) was created by “Shapeware Corporation” and released to the public in 1992, although beta versions of the software were distributed on Floppy discs prior to this. By 1995, Shapeware Corporation had changed their name to “Visio Corporation”. At the release of Visio 5, Microsoft bought Visio Corporation as well as the rights to the Viso software for a whopping 1.5 billion dollars, and renamed the software “Microsoft Visio 2000”. It had officially become a Microsoft Office product.

The different versions of Microsoft Visio

Visio had initially been released as a standalone application – however, with its incorporation into Microsoft’s Office Suite, users had to have Microsoft Office installed in order to use Microsoft Visio. The 2007 release of Microsoft Visio was quite popular and was released as both standard and professional editions. Both editions share a similar interface, but the professional version allows users to create more advanced models and diagrams. Ever since the Pro release of Microsoft Visio 2007, users could link their diagrams to huge pools of data sources and present their data graphically.

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