Microsoft Visio: a lesson in mediocrity

Research Now / Eng Shinzaemon
Sep 3, 2018 19 Comments

I am an Architect and my job involves building system architecture diagrams and share them with my team. My company uses MS office heavily and thus Visio is available as the standard diagramming tool.

When I use this tool I feel abject hatred for Microsoft. As a user I feel that Microsoft has a culture of mediocrity in their DNA. This tool is VERY expensive and the features are from early 1990s. This tool is worse than 100s of tools available online written in JavaScript

How do the product managers of this product look in the mirror morning? Do they know that despite being a part of multi billion dollar company with near infinite resources they created something so mediocre and bad?

Why don't the senior managers of MS notice this travesty? MS office is one of the biggest revenue earners for MS and still this product is a several years behind ordinary companies on the internet.

Why don't they see this?

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng FreshPrinc
    Because people like you are still paying even though these "far superior" alternatives exist. Thanks for your support!
    Sep 3, 2018 1
    • Research Now / Eng Shinzaemon
      OP
      Good point but the decision to pay for 100000 desktop licenses of office happens above my pay grade. Then people like me can't ask for other tools because we already paid a million dollars for office.
      Sep 3, 2018
  • VMware bububu
    Haven't used Visio for ages, but people who created Outlook must be held accountable! I am talking international tribunal for crimes against humanity.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • New ojd2955
    Architect as a job title is also a lesson in mediocrity
    Sep 3, 2018 2
    • Research Now / Eng Shinzaemon
      OP
      You are right it is. I have been laid off many times because people don't need "architects" anymore
      Sep 3, 2018
    • Microsoft TalkHard
      Wait, why not?
      Sep 3, 2018
  • Microsoft zeropixel
    Lucid chart is a crap shoot. It's worse than Visio and fucking annoying at every click promoting for a subscription / payment plan.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng yayssa
    Visio moved entirely (development, PM) to India 6 years ago.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft xerses
    In no part of your rant have you actually mentioned what is wrong with Visio. All I hear is "worst" "travesty". Formulate what is wrong like an engineer first.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Wtf Lyft
    Don't group visio mediocrity with office. I agree that visio sucks but excel, one note, and word are pretty awesome
    Sep 3, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Data
      Insomzonia

      Amazon Data

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      stanfordalumni
      BIO
      I’m no less than 3 people.
      Insomzoniamore
      Who still uses OneNote
      Sep 3, 2018
  • POWER Engineers / Other
    NtTy44

    POWER Engineers Other

    BIO
    Ruler of my universe.
    NtTy44more
    What is easier and better than Visio? I would like to try it.
    Sep 3, 2018 1
  • eBay / Eng itsmybday
    What about Outlook? Shittiest mail app or what? I use it only because I'm forced to.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Expedia Fiddle
    Enterprise Architect
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Data
    Insomzonia

    Amazon Data

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    stanfordalumni
    BIO
    I’m no less than 3 people.
    Insomzoniamore
    The software is only a few hundred bucks. You get what you pay for.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng THmu30
    Draw.io
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Adobe
    Leetmyway

    Adobe

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    Amazon
    Leetmywaymore
    Omnigraffle and lucid charts
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng prizzy
    Perhaps you are among the 1% users who are skilled enough to use alternatives that are more technical. It could be that Visio is designed for the majority of people who want simple diagrams quick. This is very similar to performance automotive decisions. Enthusiasts complain about companies losing their soul by stopping productions of manual gearboxes. That’s true. But 90% (and bulk of the revenue) comes from the non-manual crowd so any investment in making manual gearboxes better is not worth for the company.

    Perhaps your complaints are different, as in, maybe they are missing some simple key features. Just saying that it’s hard to keep everyone in the spectrum happy. Few products can do that, and those are exceptional. Visio is not one of those, and the team probably knows that and is happy with it, as their ROI is good.
    Sep 3, 2018 0