Insert Data from Picture
25 September 2018
There’s another new feature now out – Insert Data from Picture – one of several new products to come out of Microsoft's recent advances in Artificial Intelligence. You can take a picture of a hand-drawn or printed data table with your Android device and convert that analogue information into an Excel spreadsheet with a single click. New image recognition functionality automatically converts the picture to a fully editable table in Excel, eliminating the need for you to manually enter data. Insert Data from Picture will be available in Preview for the Excel Android app soon.
You must remember that "available in Preview," is Microsoft code for "it’s not necessarily the final version of a product or feature". This feature will presumably be coming to the iOS version of Excel as well at some point, but there are no details yet.