For a world going paperless, there’s still an awful lot of paper around. And when you’re in a meeting with a group of people, scribbling ideas and diagrams on a whiteboard is still more efficient than trying to collaborate on one computer.
But when it’s time to actually do work with all that paper and all those whiteboard images, Microsoft has a new way to get them into your computer and ready to edit in the Office apps you use every day. It’s called Office Lens, and it launched Thursday for the iPhone. Office Lens is a free app that works like scanning apps you may have used already–you use your iPhone’s camera to capture a document or a whiteboard, and they’re stored in the cloud and made searchable thanks to OCR.