Microsoft’s Office Lens gets a new name and some new features

Office Lens rebrand

Since its debut, Office Lens has seen a lot of popularity and
now it’s being rebranded to fall under Microsoft’s umbrella.
Office Lens app is now getting merged into ‘Microsoft’
branding, eliminating the ‘Office’ mention entirely.

An update to the Office Lens app rolling out now rebrands the
app to ‘Microsoft Lens’. This new version of Microsoft Lens
still offers all of the same functionality that Office Lens
currently has, and interestingly, Microsoft is also planning to
add new features to the scanning app.

Microsoft appears to be working on an improved scan experience
that will allow you to manage your scanned documents easily.

Microsoft Lens app

For example, you can now quickly re-order pages and apply
filters to all images in the PDF file. You can also scan up to
100 pages and save them as an image or PDF and then easily
select the storage location.

Along with new scanning capabilities, Microsoft Lens app is
also getting support for AI-based OCR features:

  • Image to Text (OCR).
  • Image to Table.
  • Image to Contact.
  • Immersive Reader.
  • QR Code Scan.

These new features will begin rolling out to Microsoft Lens on
Android and then it will be released to iOS.

Office Lens for Windows bites the dust

As you may be aware,
Microsoft has discontinued Office Lens for Windows 10 and
the app has been removed from the Store.

If you have the app installed, you can still use it in offline
mode. The app won’t support cloud-based features, which means
you won’t be able to use your PC to save the scanned pictures
or documents to cloud services, such as OneDrive or Onenote.

Office Lens was first introduced for the Windows Phone platform
and the handy tool is now being developed for rival platforms
only. For the best experience, Microsoft says users will need
to download the latest version of Lens from Google Play or the
App Store.

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