Office Lens is Renamed to Microsoft Lens

Posted on February 1, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Microsoft 365, Mobile, iOS, Android with 13 Comments

Microsoft revealed today that it has rebranded Office Lens mobile app to Microsoft Lens and has created a restyled icon.

“Recommended by Wirecutter as one of the best mobile scanning apps in 2020, we’re taking the next step in our evolution by changing our name and logo from Office Lens to Microsoft Lens and adding some dynamic new features,” Microsoft’s Saumitra Agarwal writes in the announcement post. “Along with the new identity, we are bringing [new] intelligent actions into the camera including Image to Text, Image to Table, Image to Contact, Immersive Reader, and QR Code Scan.”

The new version of the app also includes an improved scan experience that lets you re-order pages, re-edit scanned PDFs, apply a filter to all images in the document, scan up to 100 pages as images or PDFs, and switch between local- and cloud-based PDF save locations.

Microsoft Lens will replace Office Lens on Android immediately, and the iPhone update will arrive “in the coming months.”

“Since Microsoft Lens powers the camera in Microsoft 365 mobile apps, including Office, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and OneDrive,” Agarwal  adds, “you can rely on Microsoft Lens to capture and intelligently enhance, and [to] work with your documents, photos[,] and videos with the same ease and dependability of [the standalone] Microsoft Lens app.”

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Office Lens is Renamed to Microsoft Lens”

  1. faustxd9

    The new app name appears not to be active yet.

  2. lewk

    Why is it leaving the office brand?

  3. christianwilson

    Is there a reason to use this app if you are already using OneDrive, which has Lens built in?

  4. jumpingjackflash5

    Hmmm, what a strange approach ... Maybe Microsoft wants to become new IBM and makes us buy IPhones or Androids ....

  5. codymesh

    I love this app. For most people, this app should replace a dedicated scanner.

  6. Greg Green

    That’s interesting. I have far more positive and consistent feelings about Office than I do MS. While Office has way too many options in its ribbon for mortals like me, it’s been complexity reliable and bulletproof (and expensive). It’s never crashed or lost anything on me.

    MS on the other hand is nebulous, scattershot, disjointed, and sometimes seems out of touch. MS makes me think of Office, WFWG, Win 98SE, WinXP, all of which were bulletproof for me, but I also think of zune, MS Bob, Nokia, kinect can’t be removed from Xbox one-wait we were kidding, Xbox as a non submarine media center, and we’re interested/not interested/interested again in gaming.

    There’s many ‘What were they thinking’ movements with MS as a brand.

    • Paul Thurrott

      lol ok but the rest of the world thinks Microsoft is the better brand. :) More seriously, but no less truthfully, Office is a generic term.
  7. illuminated

    I think that Microsoft has a team that just roams around offices renaming things at random. It is Microsoft version of "chaos monkey".