Microsoft Visio is a powerful and feature-rich app for creating diagrams and flowcharts fit for all types of occasions. You can easily achieve professional results with MS Visio, as it offers many different tools and templates and an intuitive interface that even beginners can navigate through.

 Downloading and installing the software is quite easy and does not differ from downloading and installing any other MS Office program. Here are the steps you have to follow to successfully download, install and start using Visio.

 First, you need to find the MS Visio version that best suits your needs. You can choose from Visio Standard 2016, Visio Professional 2016 and Visio Pro for Office 365. The Standard version only includes the basics, so if you need more tools, templates and shapes, the Professional version is the right choice for you. Buy Microsoft Visio 2016 for more updated features that still feature the basics you know and love. Depending on your Windows version, you may have to go through different steps for downloading and installing MS Visio.

 Before we proceed, let’s point out some Pros and a few Cons of MS Visio.

 Pros

-Has a wide variety of diagramming shapes.

-It's the market leader of diagramming softwares

-The choice of every professional

-Offers Cloud benefits

-Easily downloadable and can be used as long as it is compatible with your device

 Cons

Might come expensive

Doesn’t run on Mobile Devices

There are also a few different ways to download the app and below you can find the step-by-step download and installation processes for each of them. 

  1. If you are using Windows 7 or 10, find the Software Center in the Start menu and locate the MS Visio app. If you don’t see it, simply search for it in the search box. Then, after you’ve found the right MS Visio version for your needs, all you need to do is click “install” and follow the steps. The app will be installed on your computer and you can start using it right away.

  2. Another way to get the MS Visio app is to simply go to

    https://products.office.com, find the Visio app there and purchase it. Then, after you’ve found the right MS Visio version for your needs, all you need to do is click “install” if you have found it in the Software center. If you have purchased it from the MS Office website, you will be sent an email with a link you have to click on. The link will open a custom Microsoft Office page where you have to register or sign in if you already have a Microsoft account. After logging in, you have to go to the My Office Account page and simply select the product that you want to install, in this case - MS Visio. Then, just click install to begin installing Visio on your computer. A pop-up window will appear in your browser and depending on the browser you use you have to click on Setup (for Chrome), Save File (for Firefox) or Run (for Internet Explorer). You may be asked where to save the app, so just pick a location folder or create a new one. Once it’s done installing, you can simply open the program and start using it! Be sure to check out some additional MS Visio Tips & Tricks once you’ve run through the initial set up and gotten familiar with some of the basic features.
  3. If you have purchased a product key card

    you have to go to https://setup.office.com and sign up or sign in if you already have a Microsoft account. After that, type in your product key. On the next page, click on “I want to burn a disk” and download the file. Once it’s downloaded, open the folder it’s saved in and burn it to a disc. If you don’t have a CD or a DVD disc, you can download a software solution for burning virtual CDs and DVDs. Right-click on the file you’ve downloaded and choose the option “Burn disc image”. After you’ve burned the file to a disc, in the folder that was created on the disc you need to find the file called “setup”, right-click on it and click on “Run as administrator”. A new window will open and you will be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions before proceeding. After that, simply follow the steps for the installation. When everything is done, you may be asked to reboot your computer in order for the installation to be finalized. After you restart your computer, you can start using your newly installed MS Visio app!
  4. If you have subscribed to Office 365

    you get to experience a free trial of the MS Visio app before committing to buying it. Just go to  https://products.office.com/en-us/Visio. If you want to get the full version of the software, you need to go to the following page: https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx?SoftwareManageLayout=Panel_Visio_ClientDownload. You will be asked to choose your language and then all you have to do is click on the “install” button. A pop-up window will appear in your browser and you have to click “Run” and then click “yes” in order to allow for the installation to run. The installation will happen in the background and you will get a notification in the bottom right corner of your desktop. When the installation is done, your new MS Visio app will be ready for you to explore!

 Add all this to Microsoft’s consistent and trustworthy reputation as a global software leader, you can easily choose Visio 2016 Professional edition as it is a perfect value for your money tool which lets you create advanced diagrams, individually or with teams.