Microsoft unveils Office Lens for Windows Phone

Microsoft has unveiled Office Lens for Windows Phone, a scanning and OCR app that ties into the new OneNote functionality to easily capture and parse text from the real world.

Described as “like having a scanner in your pocket,” the app mimics functionality already available in Evernote and many other productivity apps by allowing users to capture business cards, menus, whiteboards and more.

The optical character recognition then “trims, enhances and makes pictures readable” regardless of angle, lighting or distortion.

The app has three modes, including Whiteboard mode, which removes glare and shadows; Document mode, which makes text clear; and Photo mode, which parses people and scenery.

Office Lens is free, and is available for all Windows Phone devices running 8.0 or 8.1.

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