Microsoft Excel is making friends with mobile phone users with a new 'insert data from picture' feature for Android models.
Included in the latest update to Microsoft Excel 365, the data capture tool is included in the mobile app’s main icon menu. Clicking the icon activates the phone and allows the user to focus the camera on a printed Excel sheet and crop the image to the data they want to import.
Having captured the image, Microsoft’s artificial intelligence-powered optical character recognition system interprets the figures and converts them into properly structured spreadsheet tables. According to Microsoft, the feature will even work with handwritten figures.
Adding features for smartphone users illustrate how Microsoft is pushing Office and Excel away from their desktop origins into the world of mobile, cloud-connected devices. And the ability to add new features incrementally is further differentiating the product families, according to AccountingWEB.com columnist David Ringstrom, who noted back in November that Excel 2019 was obsolete on its day of release.
New functions, charts and data types are being added all the time to induce users onto the cloud-based Office 365 system. Among these enhancements are worksheet functions, such as SWITCH, IFS, TEXTJOIN, CONCAT, MAXIFS and MINIFS, and a new Funnel chart to cater for sales and marketing types.
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