Microsoft releases Office Lens app for iPhone and Android

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 07 April 2015
Microsoft releases Office Lens app for iPhone and Android

Microsoft has released Office Lens for the iPhone and Android phone operating systems (OS).

The free app, which was introduced for the Windows Phone OS in March 2014, is now available for free download at the Apple App Store and in preview for Android.

Designed to turn smartphones into a ‘pocket scanner’, the Office Lens app enables users to capture, edit and store images of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards, paper notes, people and more.

Office Lens has three modes to enable users to capture images clearly. These include whiteboard mode, which ensures all glare and shadows disappear; document mode to ensure text is easy to read; and photo mode to allow users to capture people and scenery.

The app automatically crops these image, removes shadows and enhances them. It then converts images of paper documents and whiteboard notes into Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and PDF files for easy editing and reformatting. In addition, it can be used to capture business cards and generate contact details that can be added to users’ phones.

In addition, the app uses optical character recognition to identify printed text and enable users to search for images in OneNote or OneDrive using key words. The text can then be edited, copied and pasted into e-mail and other documents.

All of the images are automatically synced to OneNote and OneDrive to enable users to store the images and access them from any device.

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