Microsoft's Office Lens app turns your iPhone or Android handset into a powerful pocket scanner

Microsoft's Office Lens app turns your iPhone or Android handset into a powerful pocket scanner
Microsoft this week introduced Office Lens for iPhone and Android, an app that can turn your handset into a portable scanner. This is the latest in an ever-growing list of apps that Microsoft is making for both iOS, and Android.

Available for Windows Phone devices since last year, Office Lens lets you scan documents, receipts, business cards, whiteboards, menus, and so on. The app recognizes the corners of a document, thus being able to magically enhance, crop, and clean up images. Thanks to OCR (optical character recognition), Office Lens identifies printed text, allowing you to search images by keyword in OneNote and OneDrive. What's more, the app can convert scans into Word documents, PDF files, or PowerPoint presentations.

There's a video in the slideshow below that offers a quick look at Office Lens for iPhone.

While Office Lens for iPhone is already available to download, for free, via Apple App Store (see the first source link below), you can't get it from Google Play yet. However, if you want to try it on Android, you can join the Office Lens Android Preview community on Google+ (see the second source link below), become a tester, and then follow the instructions to download the app.


sources: Apple App Store, Google+ via Office Blogs

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17 Comments

1. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

this app is so cool i used it in lumia 820

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, goodie. Another document/pdf scanner to join the ranks of the hundreds of others scanners that are currently on the play and app stores already.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"Thanks to OCR (optical character recognition), Office Lens identifies printed text, allowing you to search images by keyword in OneNote and OneDrive. What's more, the app can convert scans into Word documents, PDF files, or PowerPoint presentations." This is pretty unique.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm impressed Office Len seems to be more automatic than Google Drive's built-in scanner Also the Microsoft integration means I can save to OneNote and use OneNote's OCR feature which is very quick and useful

2. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That's pretty sick.

4. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

note 4 baby snote

5. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

This will be very useful for my iOS device. Thanks Microsoft.

10. Sauce5 unregistered

Scanner pro or whatever its called on the App Store is leagues better, highly recommend it. If you have a Note also though, this microsoft app will be great!

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Thanks, but CamScanner has been around for years and works like a charm...

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I think even Google keep can do this, not sure. I just want to say that waayy back in 2005 the Moto Ming could import contacts via a business card. Really, really miss that phone.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Been using it ever since it came out, perfect, camscanner is ok for me used it before but this has been used daily on my lumia

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

yeah..just another app nothing special... i have been using camscanner for years now....it works fine for me......

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I agree but the same could be said for the other 700k apps in the store, how many music search apps we need, or fart apps, or calendar or or or. Choices are great.

16. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

ja re chutiye

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

i know hindi..so i know what you are talking about..if not for my religion stops me from using bad words it would have been different...

11. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I've been using this on my Nokia 830 for a while and it is great, and the updated business card scanning is the best I've used on any platform (I've used CamScanner on WP and Android, and World Card Mobile). Folks are right, similar features compared to other popular scan apps, but if you use OneNote you'll love the deep integration. The Microsoft experience is becoming compelling on every platform. A wise decision on their part.

14. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I forgot to even mention that it can create a PowerPoint presentation or slides, or a Word Document. Overall a better option for those professionals who rely on the office suite.

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