Microsoft brings Office Lens document scanning to iOS, Android

Windows Phone users are all too familiar with app availability issues: when a popular app is out for one smartphone platform but not the one your phone runs, it can really suck. But for as often as Windows Phone finds itself on the going-without end of that stick, there’s the occasional app that’s both really popular and a Windows Phone exclusive. We’ve mentioned some of these gems in the past, including Microsoft’s Office Lens. Well, Office Lens may still be a powerful document acquisition tool, but it’s finally losing its Windows-Phone-only status, as Microsoft makes it available for both iOS and Android.

If you’re not familiar with it, Office Lens lets you use your smartphone’s camera to “scan” physical documents. It takes your sloppy off-axis photo of some paperwork or a whiteboard and does perspective correction, color and contrast enhancement, and generally attempts to make captured documents look on-par with something you’d get from a traditional flatbed scanner.

Since this is Microsoft, there’s tight OneNote and OneDrive integration, and an OCR engine is ready to covert acquired docs into editable text.

Apple users get the full Office Lens experience with today’s release, while the Android version is still in preview state. You can get early access to that by registering as a tester – for details check the source link. A full, public Android release should follow shortly.

Source: Microsoft
Via: Engadget

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