Microsoft's Office Lens, a mobile app that can transcribe, just by taking a picture, a document, whiteboard, or just about anything, is now available in the Google Play Store. Office Lens has been in testing by some 130,000 Google + community previewers, but is losing the beta tag today. The app, first released on Windows Phone a year ago in March, was released for the iPhone last month, and now is available for Android devices.
The app is proving to be very popular, and after racking up some 3.5 million Windows Phone downloads, has added another 1.3 million iOS downloads, and in beta form, another 70,000 Android downloads. Those Android beta testers gave the Office Lens team a lot to work with, according to a blog post on the Office Blogs:
With Android beta testers representing 270 makes of phones and just under 2,600 models, the Office Lens team worked hard to ensure a seamless user experience across all Android phones. As a result of a user experience refinements, Android phone owners share a feature with Windows Phone users: saving Office Lens images to multiple sources at the same time—for example, OneDrive and Word—which involves separate steps on the iPhone.
The Office Lens team also produced a short video featuring some of the highlights of Office Lens on Android:
If you've used Office Lens, you know how handy it can be for transcribing everything from whiteboard sessions to expense account receipts. Are you an Office Lens user?