Microsoft Excel shown off supporting handwriting recognition at Surface event

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft showed off handwriting recognition inside Microsoft Excel at the October Surface event.
  • Handwriting recognition makes it easier to use a pen on devices like the Surface Pro 7.
  • Handwriting recognition is already supported on several Microsoft apps like Microsoft Word.

In addition to showing off several new pieces of hardware, Microsoft showed off a new handwriting recognition feature for Microsoft Excel at the October Surface event. During the Surface keynote, the presenter used an Ink Editor to hand write numbers and figures into an Excel spreadsheet.

Several Microsoft apps already support handwriting recognition, such as Word and OneNote, but Microsoft pointed out that many Excel users feel left out. With this new feature, Excel users will be able to edit spreadsheets with a pen.

The feature does not have a release date at this point.

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