Software giant Microsoft is updating Excel for iPhone so that users will be able to import spreadsheets and tables into the app using their handset’s camera. The feature isn’t a new one as it first made its debut on the Android version of the Microsoft Excel app in March this year. Now, it has finally made its way to iPhones. With the new feature, iPhone users will be able to take a picture of a printed data table and convert it into a fully-editable table in the Excel app.
Furthermore, the feature will also enable them to import the data with Excel for iPhone and then resume editing it, even if you use the app via Windows or Mac. The company has deployed artificial intelligence to get this useful feature to Excel for iPhone. It has also made use of optical character recognition (OCR) and machine learning to convert paper-based data into digital tables.
The image recognition in the app will be able to detect financial spreadsheets, work schedules, task lists, timetables, and other kinds of tables. It is one of the most impressive features in Microsoft’s Excel mobile apps yet. The company had to club its work on the PDF Reflow feature for word, the Office Lens app and Seeing AI in order to get this feature to work right.
The new Microsoft Excel feature is available for iPhones in 21 countries starting today. Users will just need to update their apps in order to start using the new feature.
We should also mention that when this feature was rolled out for Android, it was announced that it will be available to Microsoft 365 users too. Other than this, the company also said back then that its Authenticator app will start getting Microsoft Account security alerts. These security alerts can be used to secure personal accounts like Outlook.com. Just like other authenticator apps do, the feature sends users notifications when an account password is changed. They are also notified about other account related activities via the feature. The software giant has added these alerts in the Microsoft Authenticator for both iOS and Android.
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