Microsoft Visio: Comparing Visio Standard vs Professional 2016

If you’re considering purchasing Microsoft Visio 2016, you’re probably wondering what the difference is between the standard and professional versions.

Although both versions have the ability to create complex diagrams and are shipped with many templates including flowcharts, organization charts, Gantt charts and so on, the Professional version also ships with extra templates and stencils. Both versions can convert raw data into diagrams. The Professional version, however, includes extra functionality specifically related to data linking as well as related Ribbon tabs.

Important Note for 2016 Applications: Microsoft Office, Visio and Project 2016 cannot coexist on the same computer as standalone Office 2013 applications. This includes Office 2013, Office 365, Visio 2013 and Project 2013. If you have one of the following programs running you won’t be able to install your 2016 application until it is upgraded: Project 2013, Visio 2013, Word 2013, Excel 2013, Powerpoint 2013, Outlook 2013, Publisher 2013 and Access 2013.

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Microsoft Visio 2016 Professional Extra Features

Applies to: Microsoft Visio 2016 for Windows (does not include features available only to subscribers for subscription models of Visio)

The following are some of the extra features available in Microsoft Visio Professional 2016.

Link Diagrams to Real-time Data

One of the most valuable features in Visio Professional is the ability to link diagrams, plans and processes to real-time data . You can link Visio shapes to multiple data sources including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Excel Services, Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, and Microsoft SharePoint Lists and Business Connectivity Services. Visio Professional also includes data graphics such as icons, symbols, colors and bar graphs to visually display the data.

With one click, Visio Professional can automatically identify the data source, import the data, link that data to shapes and apply data graphics. You can also easily change diagrams into dashboards and monitor progress or performance in real time.

You can keep your diagram connected to a data source and refresh it automatically so that your diagram reflects any changes in the underlying data.

Sub-Process Creation and Validation Rules

Visio Professional includes advanced features such as sub-process creation and validation rules.

Extra Templates

Visio Professional ships with a large assortment of extra templates and shapes that meet industry standards including BPMN 2.0, UML 2.4, IEEE and Windows Workflow 4.0

More Customizable Shapes

Visio Professional includes a few more customizable shapes and built-in tools that will allow the creation of professional diagrams in less time.

Secure Diagrams

Visio Professional users can secure diagrams with Microsoft file protection technologies which offer persistent Information Rights Management (IRM) protection of email messages and attachments, and diagram files.

Because Visio Professional 2016 supports Information Rights Management (IRM), you can control document rights at the individual user level.

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