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New app for Windows Phone 8 "puts a scanner in your pocket"

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New app for Windows Phone 8
A new app in the Windows Phone Store, Office Lens, is supposed to turn your Windows Phone 8 powered handset into a scanner. Using optical character recognition, you can take a picture of a white or blackboard, business cards, or documents, and have the information saved to OneNote. You can even use the app to snap handwritten shopping lists, menus or children's sketches.

Even though the app is listed in the Windows Phone Store, it currently is undergoing testing by Microsoft and cannot be downloaded by anyone just yet. But it certainly sounds like an app that could be very useful to Windows Phone users. After you scan a document, it will be stored digitally. And the OCR capabilities will allow you to scan a document and edit it.

We will keep an eye out on the listing, and as soon as Microsoft goes live with Office Lens, we'll let you know. After all, who wouldn't want to have a scanner in their pocket.

"Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable, and saves them to OneNote. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Never miss notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!"-Office Lens listing in Windows Phone Store

source: OfficeLens, WinBeta via Engadget

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posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:44

1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


WP should have this, and like features, built right into the office hub...

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:55

2. sip1995 (Posts: 807; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Click on the link from your Windows Phone and the install it from the store (puthttp://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/office-lens/43c017e4-c7b2-4a37-9d3b-a02c73575cf8

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:26

3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Oh, thanks.. I already got it... WPC ran a article on it this morning...

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:28

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Actually I forgot that it wouldn't download earlier... I should really start reading the articles...

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:47

5. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Cool, this can replace HandyScan and a couple others (or just taking a photo) once it is available.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:53 2

6. alterecho (Posts: 1080; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Something really useful from MS, for a change. In fact, this could be really really useful.
I was wondering if there was an app like that for mobile devices.
Does it convert the documents to PDF?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:06 1

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


No, this is not good enough! It's too little too late.. They need to do more than this.. Where's the stylus support? MS can't do anything right.... I hate my WP device..
Please don't buy WP people!!!!!

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:13 1

8. lalalaman (Posts: 350; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Lol....sarcasm don't work for u I guess

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:54

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol.. You're right it doesn't work for me... I guess I'm just not good at being a hater.. It doesn't come naturally to me like it does with other people...

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:21

9. andynaija (Posts: 457; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


OMG!!!!!!! Everyone look rodneyej1 is actually DISSUADING people from buying a Windows Phone device!!!

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:51

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 01:56

13. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 199; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I never thought I'd live to see that moment...

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:28

10. alterecho (Posts: 1080; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Agreed.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 02:01

14. pureviewuser (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


We'll done ms you never cease to amaze me you will be king!!!

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