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Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta – Free Download

In a previous post, I discussed several free alternatives to Microsoft Visio for diagramming and flowcharting.

It has just come to my attention that Microsoft is offering a Beta version of Visio 2010 for free download.

Please be aware that the reason Microsoft is offering this for free is to use you as a guinea pig (in the nicest way possible, of course). The software is not quite finished and Microsoft is giving you a temporary license so that they can gather data about any bugs or other issues in advance of the actual launch. This also means that Microsoft will rescind the license when they issue the final, non-Beta version… so, like Cinderella’s coach that turned back into a pumpkin at midnight, this deal will not last forever.

Alternatives to Microsoft Visio: Dia, Gliffy.com, OpenOffice Draw

If you’re an IU community member and go to IUWare to download Microsoft apps, you will not find Microsoft Visio.

Um, what’s Visio?

Visio is a Microsoft desktop application geared for building informational, structured graphics, like diagrams, flowcharts, hierarchy structures, and so on. Since those terms may not mean a whole lot to you, let’s look at some examples of things you might create in Visio:

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