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Immersive Reader and Frame Guide come to Office Lens—offering built-in accessibility

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Today, we are pleased to announce two new features for Office Lens—the Immersive Reader and the Frame Guide for iOS. Combined, these new updates expand our toolbox, which we first brought to OneNote and are now bringing to OneNote Online, Word for the desktop and Word Online.

Previously, you could capture an image using Office Lens and then insert the image into OneNote to take advantage of Immersive Reader. With today’s updates, the Immersive Reader is now built directly into Office Lens. We are also proud to reveal an all-new tool within Office Lens called Frame Guide, which empowers the visually impaired with cues that help them capture images in Office Lens.

Immersive Reader in Office Lens features

The Immersive Reader helps users to easily scan and read content, helping them move from the physical to digital world. Learn more about each feature below.

  • Read aloud—Reads text out loud with simultaneous highlighting that improves decoding, fluency and comprehension while sustaining focus and attention.
  • Font size—Allows the user to increase or decrease the size of fonts.
  • Wide text spacing—Optimizes font spacing in a narrow column view to improve reading fluency for users who suffer from “visual crowding” issues.
  • Back five words and forward one page—Allows the user to move backwards and forwards in the content.
  • Speaking rate—Allows user to control the speed of the voice reading back the words.

Introducing Frame Guide for Office Lens

Office Lens helps users by utilizing orientation detection and column recognition to transform text on a printed page into searchable and readable content. To empower people with visual impairments to get an image of exactly what they’re trying to capture, we’re launching Frame Guide. Using Apple’s Voice Over technology, Frame Guide shows users how to capture their desired content by telling the user to move back, to the right or in other directions to get the full page in the frame. Frame Guide leverages learning from the work of the Seeing AI research project. To learn more about how to set up the new features in partnership with Apple’s Voice Over, read our support article.

Get Office Lens with Frame Guide and Immersive Reader for free in the iOS App Store and please continue providing feedback for Office Lens at our UserVoice or in the comments section below. We welcome your input to continue making Office Lens amazing!

—The Office Lens team

  1. What a great function! But how to switch the reader’s language? My default setting is Chinese, but when it read English out, the accent sounds like Spanish.

    • Thanks for your feedback. Immersive Reader automatically detects languages by checking first 200 words. Does your text contain any Spanish or bad OCR results at the beginning?

  2. This sounds great! Any idea when it will come to Android?

    • The app exists but doesn’t have the capabilities of Immersive Reader yet :§

  3. This is a very exciting, useful progression for Immersive Reader and Office Lens. Excited to watch this continue to develop.

    It makes sense to get this on iPhone first, but are there plans to update the app for Windows phone users too?
    (It’s going to be ironic if Microsoft apps are what end up driving me to a different phone platform…lol.)

  4. Will Office Lens be available for Business use as well?
    Can i connect to the O365 account i have from my company to upload taken images to OneDrive for Business?

    • Yes, you can use Office Lens with your Office 365 account. Please try out immersive reader with your work account!

  5. This is really so far ahead of the Office Lens I am using in Android it is boggling. Not only can the features being discussed here not be done on Android but multi-page documents cannot be done. I am passionate about OneNote and and just love the program. Office 365 is great for my work and home. I am truly stymied as to why Office Lens for Android is so far back from the iOS version.

  6. One would think that Microsoft, trying to sell us all on the advantages of UWP, this would be available on my Lumia 950 with Windows 10 Mobile, or at the very least, on my Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10.

    Hey Microsoft, is there even a marketing plan to encourage tech users to use devices with Windows OS? YOU are among the reasons for low adoption rates. YOU are making the app gap worse. I sure hope you’ll be on board when Surface Cellular launches next year.

    • I’m disappointed to say I think you’re wasting your time Colleen. It’s almost like Windows Mobile doesn’t exist for 98% of Microsoft development teams.

    • I totally agree with you, Colleen. I just saw the video, picked up my 950XL to give it a try, only to find that none of these options are to be found in the Windows 10 Mobile version. And you are so right. At Build2016 Microsoft spend a lot of effort promoting the Universal App concept and expecially the possibility to make one app and port it to all the platforms. However, it very much look like by “all platforms” they talked about iOS and Android. The Microsoft Garage team is pushing out many cool and useful apps and concepts, but most are for non-windows 10 mobile.

      As the last “side comments” its also interesting to see that whenever someone ask when some feature will come to Windows 10 Mobile or why its not there, the replied are not provided by Microsoft people. But when its about iOS or Android or positive feedback, they tend to reply right away. Just look at the few comments in this post, and note that the ONLY question/comment without a reply from Microsoft staff is yours.

      Makes you go “hmmm” 🙂

      • We read all the feedback written here. Thanks for posting valuable feedback and request. We would like to get feedback from iOS users and bring great experience across platforms.

  7. This looks like a great tool to help with learning! I just checked a document using our school’s Word Online but the Immersive Reader function is not available. Is this something that is being rolled out gradually? Or something that needs to be enabled by our admin? Thanks!

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