Microsoft has launched its mobile document scanner app Office Lens, on 2nd April 2015. The app works with OneNote for Android and iOS smartphones. The first app launch was a year ago designed for Windows Phone devices only. The app allows users to snap photos of paper documents, whiteboards, receipts, menus, business cards, sticky notes and many more. But now, the app has been arrived on Android Smartphone and Apple’s App Store. Here the app will sit alongside dozens of other Microsoft applications which includes Outlook and office.
The core functionality of the app is similar to the already launched document scanning apps like Scanner Pro, Scanbot, TinyScan Pro and others. Office Lens identifies the text on the images and capture is using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). It will allow you to later locate the file in question using keyword search in Microsoft’s Cloud Storage site, OneDrive or in OneNote. The company says you can also convert the images you scan of paper files and whiteboards into Microsoft Office formats. They can be PowerPoint, JPGs, PDFs and Word documents. Later these can be inserted into OneNote as images.
Office Lens offers a business card scanning function that lets you to turn cards into contacts, which you can add to your smartphone’s address book. It looks similar to the functionality that Evernote Scannable offers. Evernote also pulls in Linkedin details. But the process in Office Lens of turning cards into contacts is more involved than with scannable. In scannable you simply tap one button to save the scanned card to your smartphone’s contact detail. Scannables are the better option mainly for a business card scanner.
Microsoft’s app also offers the ability to create an online archive of your scans in its own OneDrive service. The Office Lens app is available on the iTunes App Store for iOS uers. Android users are being asked to join the Preview for the product via Google+. These days company has extended some of its most popular services and products to competing mobile platforms like Android and iOS. There is Office for iOS, Ourlook for Android and iOS, OneDrive, various MSN properties and many more products available for the users. The company has over 100 Android and iOS applications now.