Visio Online Plan 1 and Plan 2 provide access to Visio software for creating diagrams. Plan 1 provides access to the cloud-based Visio application for creating and sharing simple diagrams. Plan 2 provides access to Visio Professional desktop software for creating and sharing complex diagrams, including professional business and IT diagrams that meet industry standards like BPMN 2.0, UML 2.5, and IEEE.

See the Features tab for a comparison of Visio Online subscriptions.

Benefits for Organizations

You can use Visio Online in the following ways.

  • General users can create flowcharts, organization charts, office layouts, and more.
  • IT professionals can plan and document existing networks, proposals for new infrastructure, and directory services.
  • Engineers and facilities managers can create electrical, mechanical, and process engineering schematics.
  • Developers can create entity relationship diagrams for proposed database schemas and map and troubleshoot existing Internet or intranet sites.

System Requirements

All Visio Online plans require an active Office 365 subscription.

See Microsoft's Visio FAQ for system requirements for Visio desktop software included with Plan 2.


Microsoft Cloud subscriptions obtained through TechSoup include the following support services.

  • Setup and assignment of licenses
  • Ongoing management and support to add or remove licenses, resolve billing issues or errors, and escalate cases directly with Microsoft
  • Ongoing consultations and self-service tools to help determine the correct licenses or products for your organization
  • Resources such as webinars, invitation-only events, and how-to guides to support adoption and use
  • Flexible billing options