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Microsoft Working on a New Feature to Create Spreadsheets Using Visual Data

On release, the feature is expected to be cross-platform, allowing Microsoft to continue emphasising that the platform is not necessarily operating system (OS) based

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Microsoft is testing a feature that would allow users to create spreadsheets using visual data and mixing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Office 365 through smartphone cameras.

According to Microsoft, the “insert data from picture” option would allow users to scan a receipt or table-type information into Excel.

Scanning for a grid or outline can be done by many apps including Microsoft’s own Office Lens but taking the visual data and building up the sheet is the simple magic that smartphone users would love, Forbes reported on Sunday.

“Open Excel on your phone or tablet and tap the ‘Insert data from picture’ button to get started. Excel’s powerful AI engine will process the image and convert it to a table,” Microsoft wrote in its support page.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

The feature would also give users a chance to correct any issues discovered during the conversion process after importing the data.

“‘Insert data from picture’ is one of several beta features and currently only available to a portion of Office Insiders. When ready, we’ll release the feature to all Office Insiders and Office 365 subscribers,” Microsoft added.

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On release, the feature is expected to be cross-platform, allowing Microsoft to continue emphasising that the platform is not necessarily operating system (OS) based and that the software users could choose to run on any device totally irrespective of the OS it’s running on, Forbes added. (IANS)

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OPPO Joins Hands with IIT Hyderabad to Boost AI, 5G Integration

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between IIT Hyderabad and OPPO to facilitate exchange of ideas and carry out research

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As an industry leader in innovation, OPPO has invested heavily in the development and research of 5G smartphones. Wikimedia commons

Chinese smartphone maker OPPO on Monday said it has entered into a partnership with Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad) to promote collaborative research on advanced and emerging technologies.

The collaboration is aimed at promoting joint research and development for multiple projects over a period of two years for the development of new technologies in areas specific to camera and image processing, battery, networks (5G), system performance and Artificial Intelligence (AI), among other areas.

The partnership is in line with OPPO’s effort to build localised solutions for the Indian market.

“We are happy to collaborate with OPPO India through the expertise of our researchers, to further support and strengthen their R&D efforts in bringing technological breakthroughs for the Indian market,” Sumohana S. Channappayya, Dean – Research and Development, IIT Hyderabad, said in a statement.

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FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

“This collaboration with OPPO will help in the development of indigenous solutions to cater to the dynamic needs of the Indian consumers,” Channappayya added.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between IIT Hyderabad and OPPO to facilitate exchange of ideas and carry out research.

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“Our collaboration with IIT Hyderabad is in line with our vision to enhance R&D and innovation capabilities at OPPO India as we continue our endeavour to build localized solutions for the Indian market,” said Tasleem Arif, Vice President and Head R&D, OPPO India.

“This collaboration aims to pave the way to carry out quality research and promote the rapid integration of cutting-edge technology, particularly in the areas of 5G and AI,” Arif said. (IANS)