Microsoft Office Lens Scans Notes and Documents to Office Format

iOS / Android: Scanning documents and notes is nothing new . However, Microsoft chose to enter the game with an advantage that only it can offer: great Office integration.

Office Lens, as the new application is called, can scan documents “from any angle” (although you should probably aim for a forehead image anyway) and automatically correct its perspective, crop and clean up. It can also perform other common text recognition tricks, such as extracting contact information from a business card.

Office Lens can export notes in a variety of formats including JPEG, PDF, and Office files like Word or Powerpoint. The latter has a few additional tricks. For example, if you save a note in Powerpoint format, the application turns hand-drawn images and text into objects that you can arrange separately. All scanned images can also be exported directly to OneNote or OneDrive.

Tight integration with Office gives Office Lens an edge over similar OCR scanners. It’s for iOS right now, but Android users will need to join the beta to access the preview.

Office Lens (preview) | Google+ via The Verge

Office Lenses | ITunes App Store

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