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Visio Professional

Visio Professional
  • Donor or Provider: Microsoft
  • Platform: Windows
  • Format: Download
  • Product ID: LS-2512
  • Title Group: Visio
  • Availability: Available

More informations about this product


Visio Professional is software for creating diagrams. Users choose a template, drag shapes to the drawing, connect the shapes, and add text where needed. Visio Professional contains all features of the standard edition of Visio plus specialized tools that are better suited for more technical projects. It also allows linking diagrams to data sources and having more than one person work on a diagram at the same time.

This donation provides one license for installing the software on a single device. See a summary of Volume Licensing Product Terms for specific licensing details.

Which Versions of This Software Are Available?

You can choose to download the current version or the previous version of this software. You can find out which version is the current one in the Microsoft Title Groups document. In addition, you can download the software in any language that's available.

Benefits for Organizations

You can use Visio Professional 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.

Major Capabilities

  • Templates: Visio includes templates for
    • Charts (organization charts, flowcharts, and marketing charts)
    • Project schedules (calendars, timelines, and Gantt charts)
    • Maps (directional and geographic)
    • Cause-and-effect diagrams
    • Block diagrams
    • Basic network diagrams
    • Basic office layouts
  • Themes and styles: You can add sets of colors, fonts, and effects to an entire diagram with a single mouse click. Each theme has several variants. In addition, you can also apply styles to individual shapes to make them stand out. Effects include such things as shadows and glows.
  • Threaded conversations: A commenting pane allows reviewers' comments to appear in threads.
  • Co-authoring: If a diagram is stored in SharePoint or OneDrive, several people can work on it at once. An icon appears on the diagram to show parts that someone else has changed.
  • Links to dynamic data: Shapes in a diagram can display data from external sources like SQL Server or Excel spreadsheets.
  • Cloud storage: The default location to save diagrams is the user's OneDrive.

Important Volume Licensing Information

With Office suites and applications, you can choose between two types of volume license keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) license key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). You will be provided with both types of keys on the Microsoft Volume Licensing website.

Microsoft offers instructions on how to use a MAK or KMS key to activate volume editions of Office software.

Obtaining This Product

Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product.

The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the email you receive from TechSoup after you request this product.

Expect two emails:

  1. When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup will send a message to your organization email address. This email will confirm the number of licenses you have requested and provide information about how to use the VLSC once Microsoft accepts your license agreement. Make sure the organization email that is registered with TechSoup is up-to-date. Visit My Member Profile and verify the address in your active organization profile.
  2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the VLSC. This email will indicate that Microsoft has accepted your license agreement. After you receive this email, you'll be able to follow the steps in the first email you received from TechSoup to obtain your donation through the VLSC.

Software Assurance

Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.

Rules, Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Quantity:
    • Organizations receive an allotment of Microsoft software donations that is reset every two years. An organization's two-year cycle begins with its first donation request after July 27, 2011. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment is available.
    • During its two-year cycle, an organization can request products from up to 10 title groups.
      • For title groups that contain applications that run on an individual computer (like a desktop or laptop PC) or for license-only title groups (like CALs), there is a 50-license maximum.
      • For server products, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group.
    • For further details, see Quantity and Frequency of Microsoft Requests on the Microsoft Donation Program — Eligibility and Allotments page.
  • Budget: Organizations with annual operating budgets of any size are eligible for products in this program.
  • Nonprofits and public libraries only:
    • This donation is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries. Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database.
    • Public libraries without a 501(c)(3) designation may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers that are used to directly manage either the public access computers or the library's public access program.
    • Microsoft reserves the right to grant or deny an organization's request at any time, for any reason.  
  • Eligible organization types: The Microsoft Donation Program serves nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit the local community. This could include organizations with the following missions:
    • Providing relief to the poor
    • Advancing education
    • Improving social welfare
    • Preserving culture
    • Preserving or restoring the environment
    • Promoting human rights
    • Establishment of civil society
  • Ineligible organization types: Not all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for participation in the Microsoft Donation Program. Those that are not eligible should visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Industries for more information about charity licensing; they may still be eligible for discounted software from Microsoft. Ineligible organizations include the following:
    • Governmental organizations or agencies.
    • Educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools.
    • Healthcare organizations, including hospitals, healthcare networks, health plans, ambulatory healthcare services, home healthcare and assisted living healthcare organizations, health research organizations, and laboratories. Exceptions include independent nonprofit organizations with the following missions: community, behavioral and women's health clinics; hospices; emergency services; and blood, tissue and organ banks.
    • Professional, commerce, and trade associations.
    • Sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances.
    • Fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments.
    • Political, labor, and fraternal organizations.
    • Refurbishers that will be installing the donated software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools. Please visit the Registered Refurbisher Program.
    • Nonpublic, non-501(c)(3) libraries, including private libraries, school libraries, specialty libraries, armed forces libraries, and libraries in government agencies.
  • Terms of service: Organizations that request Microsoft products must agree to any applicable terms of service.
  • Amendments: Microsoft reserves the right to supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time without notice.
  • Anti-discrimination policy: To be eligible to participate in this program, organizations must attest to the following statement, which certifies compliance with the Microsoft corporate citizenship nonprofit giving antidiscrimination policy:
    My organization does not have a policy or mission of discriminating in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status.
    My organization is a religious organization, and any discriminatory practices of my organization are exempt from laws that otherwise prohibit such discrimination.
  • Product distribution:
    • Products will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations and libraries only, not to individuals.
    • Recipient organizations may not transfer or resell Microsoft products.
    • Microsoft products may not be installed on computers that will be given to or sold to other organizations or individuals, even as part of a charitable program.