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Microsoft Visio 2003 as a smart client

by Nikola Strahija on May 21st, 2003 A host of new features that connect the application to enterprise applications are implemented in Microsoft Visio 2003. To help users, Microsoft offers a new category of business process templates.

"One way to think about it is as a business intelligence tool," said Jason Bunge, product manager for Visio at Microsoft. "Our objective is to broaden that understanding and become more relevant in the enterprise."

With support for XML (Extensible Markup Language) and Microsoft's .Net Web services platform, Visio is "moving beyond a static desktop diagramming tool and becoming a smart client," Bunge said.

It professionals are familiar with Visio and use the software for tasks as network diagramming and Web site mapping. Users can now tie diagrams to live data sources.

As a part of the Microsoft Office System, Visio has a similar user interface to other Office products, staying user-friendly with Office's proven user interface.

A beta of the product is expected midyear, while Users can start signing up for the beta starting Tuesday ((5/27/2003).

The final release of Visio 2003 is scheduled for the third quarter, yet the pricing has not been set.

To sign up for the Microsoft Office Visio 2003 beta go to

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