The app, called Office Lens, is already available for Windows Phone, but has had little exposure given platform's minute share of the smartphone market.
Office Lens essentially turns a phone into a scanner, using the camera to take a photo of a menu, receipt or business card, for example, and instantly cropping the image and storing it in Microsoft's OneNote note-taking app, or OneDrive cloud storage app.
The app, which is free to download on both iOS (App Store) and Android phones as of Thursday, can save an image as a Word file, PowerPoint presentation or PDF file, and uses optical character recognition to make the text searchable and ready for editing.
Notably, the Office Lens app for Android has been released as a preview, and users need to sign up to become testers to download the app. To do this, they have to join the Office Lens Android Preview community on Google+, sign up as a tester, and then download the app.
Written with inputs from Reuters