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It is easy to miss the impact that machine learning is having on our everyday lives. A recent example that caught my attention is the new capability Microsoft has added to the mobile versions of Excel (Android and iOS) that allows you to take a picture of a table of information and convert the picture to data and insert it into a spreadsheet.
It is simple to get started once you have updated to the latest version of the app on your device.
- Open Excel on your phone or tablet.
- Tap the Insert Data from Picture button to get started.
- Next, narrow in on your data until you see it surrounded by a red border, then tap the capture button. If needed, you can use the sizing handles around the edges of the image to crop it to size first.
Excel’s powerful AI engine will process the image and convert it into a table. When it first imports your data, it will give you a chance to correct any issues it discovered during the conversion process. Tap Ignore to move on to the next issue, or Edit to correct the issue.
Press Insert when you’re done, and Excel will finish the conversion process, and display your data.
Excel has converted your data and returns it to the grid.
Capture Policy Schedules?
This could be an easy way to capture schedules of vehicles, payroll information, or any other tabular information that is included in existing policies. Think of the time and effort that will be saved by streamlining the data entry process!
It will be interesting to see how accurate the conversion process is. If you test out this new capability to capture policy schedules, let me know how well it works.