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Microsoft debuts Office Lens, its document scanning app on iOS and Android

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Microsoft has today announced that it is releasing its Office lens document screening app for iOS and Android.

The app was launched for Windows Phone last year, and has since gained significant downloads and traction. 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.

Office Lens for iPhone is available for free at the Apple App Store. Let’s take a quick run down at the features which Office lens offers for iOS :

  • Recognizes the corners of a document and automatically crops, enhances and cleans up the image.
  • Office Lens 1 v2Identifies printed text with optical character recognition (OCR) so that you can search by key word for the image in OneNote or OneDrive.
  • Converts images of paper documents and whiteboard notes into Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and PDF files for easy editing and reformatting (see more details here).
  • Captures business cards and generates contacts you can add to your phone.
  • Inserts images to OneNote or OneDrive (as DOCX, PPTX, JPG or PDF format) and gives you options to save, export and share the image.

Office Lens 2 v2

Additionally, a preview of Office Lens for Android phones is available today, with features similar to Office Lens for iPhone. To get the Office Lens for Android phone, you can follow these three easy steps:

    1. Go to Office Lens Android Preview in the Google+ community.
    2. Click Join community in the upper right-hand corner.
    3. Under About this community, click the Become a Tester link and then follow instructions on the page.


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