Design flows in Visio (Public Preview)

The Microsoft Flow designer is a rich tool in which you can configure every detail of your logic. However, sometimes you may want to just sketch out the general outline of your flow to get started. You can use Microsoft Visio to do this—and now get started from within Microsoft Flow.

To start from Visio, select New Flow from your flows list and then select Create from Visio template. Select any of the templates and you’ll download a Visio template that you can get started from.

Visio templates

This integration enables enterprises to capture their business processes using Visio’s rich modeling capabilities. Anyone who previously created flowcharts or SharePoint workflows can now use Visio to design flows.

Also, with Visio’s sharing and commenting capabilities, it's possible to collaborate with multiple stakeholders and create a complete workflow quickly. As requested, you can publish the workflow to Microsoft Flow, and then supply parameters to activate it.

Many processes share a common model but have minor variations throughout an organization. This allows an organization to create a master workflow model and adjust instances with specialized parameters.

Screenshot of Visio

This feature is currently in Public Preview. This means it is available to Office Insiders, and it requires Visio Online Plan 2. Learn more about how to set up and use the Visio integration.