Microsoft Office Lens OCR Scanner converts images to Microsoft Office Documents

“Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner and it works with OneNote so you’ll never lose a thing. Use it to take pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards or sticky notes—then let Office Lens crop, enhance and save to OneNote. Just like that—all the scanned images you capture from Office Lens are accessible on all your devices”

Excerpt from the Blog post announcing the launch of Microsoft Office Lens on Apple iOS and Google Android

On Thursday April 2nd 2015 Microsoft Office Lens, the hugely popular App (Foley, 2015), on the Windows Phone platform, is jumping to new stomping grounds in a bid to capitalize on its popular.

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Microsoft announced details of this move in a Press Release on their Office Blogs titled “Office Lens comes to iPhone and Android”. According to Microsoft’s Press Release, there will be a Preview of Microsoft Office Lens for Google Android viewable on Google Plus and Microsoft Office Lens for Apple iPhone available for general usage on the Apple iTunes Store.

Microsoft Office Lens app turns their Smartphone into a OCR document scanner (Dellinger, 2015), allowing users to take pictures of receipts, business cards, whiteboards, sticky notes and save them to OneNote, Microsoft’s note-taking app, is finally coming to Apple iOS and Google Android.

The OneNote App is free not only on Windows Phone but also Apple iOS and Google android and comes bundled in Microsoft Word in Windows.

Microsoft Office Lens OCR Scanner converts images to Microsoft Office Documents

Microsoft Office Lens also converts saved Office Lens images to Word and PowerPoint documents. A feature like that would be mighty popular, especially as the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint Apps recently adopted the freemium model and allows basic editing for free.

Microsoft Office Lens crops, enhances and cleans up images automatically and gives users access to OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in order to search (Perez, 2015) for key words in the images.

Oddly, some features present in the Windows Phone and Google Android version aren’t present in the Apple iOS version:

  • Auto classifier
  • Capture and save multiple images at once
  • Explicit business card mode is not on iOS

Detecting Business cars is still a part of the Apple iOS version, with the Business card being processed and a VCF file being created to store the image. To take it for a spin on Google Android (Albanesius, 2015), the following procedure is advisable:

  1. Visit the Office Lens Android Preview on Google+
  2. Click “Join community” in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Select “Become a Tester” under “About this community”

So if you already have the Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint Apps and OneNote Apps on your Apple iOS or Google Android smartphone, this is one more app to clutter your screen that’ll give you the ability to convert written text into printable Microsoft Office Documents.

Here’s the link:

Office Lens comes to iPhone and Android

Preview of Microsoft Office Lens for Google Android

Microsoft Office Lens for Apple iPhone

References:

Albanesius, C. (2015, April 2). Microsoft Office Lens Scanning App Lands on iOS, Android. Retrieved from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2479965,00.asp

Deer, L. (2014, November 8). Microsoft Office 365 goes Freemium Model – One Becomes Three as Word, Excel and PowerPoint with US$6.99 monthly to remove Restrictions. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/microsoft-office-365-goes-freemium.html

Dellinger, A.J. (2015, April 3). Turn your paper clutter into digital files with Microsoft’s Office Lens iOS and Android app. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/microsofts-office-lens-scanner-ios-android/

Foley, M.J. (2015, April 2). Microsoft scanning app Office Lens comes to iOS, Android. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/microsofts-office-lens-scanning-app-comes-to-ios-android/

Perez, S. (2015, April 2). Microsoft Debuts Office Lens, A Document-Scanning App For iOS And Android. Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/02/microsoft-debuts-office-lens-a-document-scanning-app-for-ios-and-android/

 

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