SharePoint (2013,2016,SPO) and Office 2016 Visio Viewer fails and user sees Windows Store App picker popup


Summary:

You have Office 2016 installed (but not Visio), you attempt to open a Visio file from SharePoint (2013,2016,SPO).  The file should open in the Visio Viewer that comes with Office 2016, but instead the file does not open and the user is prompted with popup:

"You'll need a new app to open this ms-visio"  and the button to "Look for an app in the Store" is shown.

 

Cause:

This is a known software defect on the SharePoint web pages.

 

Workaround:

For SharePoint Online (SPO) if you switch the document library "List Experience" to be "New experience" instead of "Classic experience" the issue will go away.

This link describes how to turn New experince on.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Switch-the-default-for-document-libraries-from-new-or-classic-66dac24b-4177-4775-bf50-3d267318caa9

 

This link describes what the new experience is and how it differs from classic mode.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Differences-between-the-new-document-library-experience-and-classic-mode-30e1aab0-a5cc-4363-b7f2-09e2ae07d4dc

 

Or if you change the document library to "Open in browser" instead of "Open in client application" the issue will go away.

This is a limitation with the Visio Viewer.


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