Excel for iPhone now lets you take a picture of a spreadsheet and import it

Microsoft is updating Excel for iPhone to add a new way to import spreadsheets and tables to the application with a camera. The feature debuted for the first time on Android in March, and allows Excel users to take a photo of a printed data table and convert it into a fully editable table in the application. You can import it with Excel for iPhone and then continue editing it on your desktop with Excel for Windows or Mac.

Microsoft uses artificial intelligence to bring this to Excel for iPhone and uses optical character recognition. (OCR) along with machine learning models to convert paper-based data into a digital table. Image recognition will automatically detect financial spreadsheets, work schedules, task lists, schedules and other tables. It's one of the most impressive features that has appeared in Microsoft's Excel mobile applications, and Microsoft has combined its work in the Reflow PDF function for Word, the Office Lens application and Seeing AI to bring this to life.

This new feature is available immediately in Excel for iPhone in 21 different countries from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android.