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

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.


source: OfficeLens, WinBeta via Engadget

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14 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 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

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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?

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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!!!!!

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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...

9. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

13. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

10. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Agreed.

14. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

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

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