Office Lens allows you to use your mobile device’s camera to
snap a photo of your receipts, cards, printed documents to
digitalize and store them in the cloud or local storage.
Technically, this app is designed for mobile devices, but you
can also use the Windows app to import photos that were taken
previously and capture the text. When you import the photo into
Office Lens, it will automatically adjust it and help you read
the text, and then you can upload the photo to Microsoft’s
By default, Office Lens app saves your photos to OneNote in
your main notebook, but you can also save the photos as a PDF
or upload them to Word, PowerPoint and OneDrive using Microsoft
OneNote is the best Office app to store and sync Office Lens
data across your devices, but in an unexpected move, Microsoft
has confirmed that it will completely retire cloud services
support in the Office Lens app for Windows later this year.
After December 31, Microsoft says you can no longer save your
pictures to its cloud services. The company is also killing
Office Lens PDF support for Windows 10.
Microsoft is asking users to download their recent captures
from the ‘Recent uploads’ tab before December 31. You can still
access your previously saved captures from your OneDrive
account in a mobile app or web browser.
Microsoft also said it will remove the Office Lens app from the
Microsoft Store on January 1, 2021. If you want to scan or
upload your documents using Office Lens, Microsoft recommends
using Android and iOS devices.
“In addition, Office Lens for Windows 10 will no longer be
available for download from the Microsoft Store,” the company
said in a support document.
As we mentioned at outset, Office Lens is designed for mobile
devices, but it can also import photos and it’s one of the best
ways to manage captured whiteboard notes and contact
information on Windows 10.