Today Microsoft is bringing back business card scanning

LinkedIn used to have its personal business card scanning app, CardMunch, which worked for a helpful cause in a world where paper cards just refuse to die. But that app was closed back in 2014, with LinkedIn suggesting users proceeded to Evernote as an alternative. Microsoft is bringing back business card scanning today – but this time, not with a committed card scanner app, but with its multipurpose, Microsoft Pix, A.I.-powered camera app.

Since its launch in 2016 as an iOS app that assists you take superior pictures, Microsoft has progressively found more productivity-associated uses for Pix.

For example, in September the app was modernized to add a way to click superior photos of documents, post-its, whiteboards, and yes, business cards.

But with today’s information, Pix’s business cards smarts are being improved– this period with a LinkedIn integration. The iOS app having the latest version, Pix consists a new business card feature that will attach new contacts both to your iPhone’s address book, as well as to your LinkedIn account.

To take benefit of this choice, you just launch the app and point it at the business card.  Then Pix automatically recognizes what it’s seeing, and asks you if you want to “Add Contact” or “Find on LinkedIn.”

When you tap to attach the contact, view Pix captures and arranges the contact details– such as name, address, phone, and URL – into the right fields, and adds the newly generated contact to your iPhone’s Contacts app. If you pick for LinkedIn, you’re capable to the person’s profile in the LinkedIn app on your iPhone, and optionally add them to your list of connections.

The business card scanning quality, similar to others in Pix, leverages A.I. technology beneath the hood to increase and enhance the image. In the case of business cards, Pix is able to find the edges of the cards, sharpen focus, and tweak the angle of the photo to provide the image in a straight-on perspective so it can remove the data from the card.

The Pix update is just one of many ways Microsoft has integrated with LinkedIn since obtaining the company for $26.2 billion in 2016. It has also tied LinkedIn into its alternative products, including Office 365, Outlook.com, Dynamics 365, Word, and Windows 10.

Today, the updated edition of Microsoft Pix is rolling out. You may not have it still, as it has to grow across the App Store, so keep your eyes peeled.

 

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