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We are happy to announce self-service trials for Microsoft Visio. As of today, you can sign up for free 30-day trials of Visio Plan 1 or Visio Plan 2 on existing Microsoft 365 tenants managed by your organization using your business login. Then, test out the full functionality of the Visio web and desktop apps before directly purchasing subscriptions.


With self-service trials, you can sign up for trial licenses for up to five users and then, with a limited admin role, assign the trial licenses to your colleagues in the Microsoft 365 admin center. If you run in to any issues signing up for your trial licenses, please contact your IT department.


These new self-service trial capabilities are available worldwide except for India. They are not available for Education or Government customers.


Please note: You will be asked to provide credit card details at signup. At the end of your 30-day trial, you will be charged the applicable subscription fee to continue using Visio. Cancel at any time to stop future charges.


Determine which Visio trial is right for you


With the Visio Plan 1 trial, you and your team members will have full access to the Visio web app—including dozens of diagram templates and hundreds of shapes—and 2 GB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage. The Visio Plan 2 trial includes all the features in the Visio Plan 1 trial, plus additional templates, shapes, and advanced features in the Visio desktop app. During both trials, you’ll be able to create, edit, share, and collaborate on diagrams and flowcharts using Visio or Microsoft Teams (requires a Microsoft 365 subscription to use Teams).


How to sign up


The 30-day trials of Visio Plan 1 and Visio Plan 2 are available for self-service signup by individuals and departments from the Visio plans and pricing comparison page. Select the corresponding trial link below the Buy Now button and complete the necessary steps.

 Screenshot of Visio Plan 1 and Visio Plan 2: Click on “Or try free for 1 month” to complete the steps to start your trialScreenshot of Visio Plan 1 and Visio Plan 2: Click on “Or try free for 1 month” to complete the steps to start your trial

Manage trial licenses as a Global or Billing admin


The self-service trial capabilities do not compromise IT oversight or control. If you are an admin, you can use the same self-service purchase controls to disable self-service trials while making use of subscription management capabilities to oversee and manage trial licenses on the licensing page in the Microsoft 365 admin center.


If you’ve disabled the self-service purchase functionality for Visio in the past, self-service trials signup for individuals or departments will automatically allow users to request licenses directly from you. Learn more about managing self-service licenses acquired by individuals or departments in your organization.


Give us feedback about your trial experience! Please tell us what you think in the comments below or send feedback via the Visio Feedback portal.


Continue the conversation by joining us in the Microsoft 365 Tech Community! Whether you have product questions or just want to stay informed with the latest updates on new releases, tools, and blogs, Microsoft 365 Tech Community is your go-to resource to stay connected! 

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