Visio 2010 makes it easy to create and publish visualizations such as the one above, Abraham Mathew says.
Principal development lead Abraham Mathew talks about a new tool his team built that lets people publish and update their Microsoft Visio 2010 diagrams on the Web. The new version of Visio has many improvements, but at its core, it’s still all about making pictures out of data, says Mathew, Visio principal development lead. Microsoft News Center recently sat down with Mathew to find out about Visio 2010’s new user interface and layout features, including a new Ribbon. He was quick to point out that loyal followers of the program can still do all the things they love to do with Visio, namely make diagrams and other visual representations of data. The main change that Mathew wanted to talk about was how it uses Microsoft SharePoint to make it easy for users to publish and refresh the diagrams they make with Visio directly to the Web, something that is being called Visio Services. The refreshing element allows the graphics to be updated automatically when new data posts. “People love it,” Mathew says. “Sharing diagrams is much easier. I think people are reacting to this so positively because many of them have had the need for this before.” Followers of NCAA basketball tournament will love new feature because their bracket will be refreshed as the tournament progresses, he says. Plus, using Visio data visualization on top of the bracket, users will be able to color code it to see how well they and others are doing, all at a glance.