What The New Visio Web App And Licensing Announcement Means For Power BI

There was an interesting announcement today regarding Visio:


In summary there will soon be a lightweight, web-based version of Visio available to anyone with a Microsoft 365 Business, Office 365 E1/E3/E5, F3, A1, A3 or A5 subscription. Previously Visio was not part of the main M365 plans and was only available as a separate purchase.

So what? As a Power BI user, why should I care? Well the Visio custom visual for Power BI has been around a long time now and it’s really powerful. Unfortunately it’s very rarely used because Power BI developers don’t usually have Visio licences – but this is exactly what is about to change. With these licensing changes pretty much everyone who uses Power BI will have access to the new lightweight Visio web app. It’s not as sophisticated as desktop Visio but I’ll be honest, I’m no Visio expert and it’s good enough for me and really easy to use. As a result this is going to unlock the power of the Power BI Visio visual for a much, much larger number of people!

To get an idea of what you can do with the Power BI Visio visual, this video is a good place to start:

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