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We’ve been working diligently to address user feedback about desktop files not opening in the Visio web editor. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made a number of improvements towards a more seamless user experience between the Visio web and desktop apps.

What’s new

Visio users can now open and edit files containing shapes with the following properties in Visio for the web:

  • Rectangle gradients

  • More fill and line patterns

  • OLE objects

  • Data graphics

  • Shadow text

  • Vertical text

  • Double underlines

  • Shadow effects

  • Reflection effects

  • Glow effects

  • Soft edges

  • Bevel effects

  • 3-D rotations

  • Perspectives and 3-D rotation perspectives

  • Compound line patterns

  • 1-D and 2-D protection

*Note: Some interactions have been optimized to ensure they work in Visio for the web.

An image of a component architecture diagram demonstrating how shapes with gradients appear in Visio for the web.An image of a component architecture diagram demonstrating how shapes with gradients appear in Visio for the web.

Looking ahead

Our goal is to always make it easier for you to think and collaborate on ideas visually—whether improving processes, developing new reporting structures, or brainstorming concepts. With this new update, we hope you will find it easier to work with colleagues, from whichever app you prefer.

We are continuing to make improvements on this front and look forward to introducing support, for example, for diagrams containing shapes with layers or diagrams with more than 1,000 shapes. To learn more about the properties that can still lead to compatibility issues when editing files in Visio for the web, please see Why can’t I open a diagram for editing in Visio for the web?

Watch our on-demand webinar

Watch the event recording here: Editable for all: How to create diagrams that work virtually anywhere and across Visio versions. During this session, we show you how to create Visio files that can be accessed by all stakeholders regardless of which Visio version (or app) you use. We also discuss how to avoid or quickly address any web alerts that prevent in-browser edits, so you can jump right back into your workflow.

We are listening!

We look forward to hearing your feedback and learning more about how we can ensure a more seamless user experience between Visio apps. Please tell us what you think in the comment section below. You can also send feedback via the Visio Feedback Portal or directly in the Visio web app using “Give Feedback to Microsoft” in the bottom right corner.

Did you know? The Microsoft 365 Roadmap is where you can get the latest updates on productivity apps and intelligent cloud services. Check out what features are in development and coming soon on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap homepage or learn more about roadmap item, Improved interoperability between the Visio web and desktop apps.

Brought to you by Dr. Ware, Microsoft Office 365 Silver Partner, Charleston SC.

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