Visio 2013 Consumer Preview Released

So, we can now all talk about Microsoft Office 2013, and, in particular, Visio 2013! Read about it at and find resources at . As a Visio MVP, I am delighted to see some of the exciting new capabilities. Of course, there are some tremendous visual enahancements, but the really big thing for me is the adoption of the Metro file format.
The Metro file format is the zipped-up, multi-part xml format used by Word, Excel and PowerPoint for several years already, but Visio missed out on this in the 2010 version, probably because so much effort was required to implement the FluentUI (Ribbon).
It may seem a small change, especially since Visio already had an XML format, but this new file format opens up so much more possibilities! One immediate benefit is the tighter integration with SharePoint … no more need to save into Visio Web Drawing format! Other benefits include Duplicate Page, Change Shape and Co-authoring … All of these must have been much easier to implement with the new Metro format. I’ll be blogging more about Visio 2013 in the future, but now I need to go explore …


13 Responses to “Visio 2013 Consumer Preview Released”

  1. Paul Herber Says:

    David, you’ve got a broken URL here (the benefits one), there is a surplus comma.

  2. Manuel B. Says:

    OK, maybe only interesting for a small group, can’t install it on Windows XP.
    (this is sure somewhere documented, but: who read it ? 😉

  3. Visio Guy » New File Formats for Visio 2013 Says:

    […] Goldsmith and David Parker have already blogged about it. And Al Edlund has been busy working out some tools to tear the new […]

  4. Caroline Says:

    QUESTION: Should I purchase Visio 2013 ou 2010 Premium?

  5. Eric Says:

    No new updates yet? I am curious about the co-authoring and maybe the Sharepoint publishing. The color scheme hurts my eyes, so I am not sure I will even use 2013 unless they fix that.

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