Microsoft Enables Bing-Powered OCR For SkyDrive Photos

SkyDrive Bing OCR Feature

Microsoft today announced a new feature for SkyDrive photos. Today, in partnership with the Bing team, SkyDrive team released a feature that will make your SkyDrive photos smarter by using OCR (optical character recognition) to extract the text from photos in your camera roll when you view them on

Most of us can think of a time that we took a picture of something that we really just wanted the text from. It could have been a photo of a product label at a store, a picture of a magazine article or ad, or a snapshot of a sign with info you wanted to remember. When you take photos with your Windows Phone (with auto-upload turned on) today, we send them to your SkyDrive camera roll folder. With this new SkyDrive release, our OCR tool will automatically run on your camera roll photos so you can instantly see the extracted text whenever you view your photos on For example, here’s a photo of an artwork label, with the text extracted and shown in the Properties pane.

This new feature will be available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German  with support for most common picture formats.

Source: Windows Blog