Cortana will be fluent in Canadian in time for Windows Phone 8.1

Cortana will be localized for Canada when Windows Phone 8.1 starts to roll out.

Canadians will be happy to hear that Cortana will be ready for The Great White North in time for the rollout of Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana was shown working live at a Canadian telecom conference, and 8.1 is due sometime this summer, so expect to get your hands on the feature soon.

Cortana is a voice-based assistant that helps users with all sorts of daily tasks, such as booking meetings in the device calendar, conducting on-the-fly web searches, initiating calls, get GPS directions, and plenty more.

There are, of course, workarounds to the U.S.-only localization of Cortana, and many will likely still have to resort to them in the immediate future, but the Canadian release bodes well for further global expansion of the signature Windows Phone feature.

Americans, how often do you guys use Cortana? Are you happy with the performance?

Source: MobileSyrup


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Cortana will be fluent in Canadian in time for Windows Phone 8.1



Exactly. How Americans (and I'm speaking as an American who emigrated to Canada in 1997) hear "aboat" as "aboot" is a mystery to me because it sounds NOTHING like "aboot."

Great Anglo Canadian shibboleth isn't about though since they mostly pronounce it American style here in western Canada- it's "sooorry" which Anglophone Canadians pronounce like that coast to coast- and yes I've been in Victoria and St Johns and have heard it pronounced like that, "sooooorry," on both coasts and everywhere in between.

I'm Canadian, always have and always will, and I say "About", IV never heard anyone say "Aboot" or anything other then "About". Unless they are joking.

Not to say that this is necessarily the case for you, but I used to think the same way until someone actually tried to make me annunciate 'ab-out' quickly. When I said it, it was totally more like 'a-boat'. A sad realization.

Yay us Albertans are going to get Cortana. It's not like the rest of Canada matters as much anymore. Lol. So does Rob Ford have windows phone.. His reminder should be don't let people take pictures of me in basements. Lol

Maybe they say aboot far north in Canada but in Ontario we say about.. And I got a good laugh reading that Alberta is the only province that matters.

I've never heard someone say "aboat". Everyone in southern Ontario says "ab-out". I even grew up in a small town that was basically just like that Out For a Rip parody video. That video gets the accent right.

I just decided to do the work around today... So far, don't see what all the fuss is about. Hopefully it gets better. I need better localization. Right now...i kind of miss Bing... Never thought I'd see the day!

I guess with final 8.1 we gonna get data on/off in action Center. And few highly request features! But who knows!

I got rid of Microsoft sport coz I installed it for the world cup and when I launched it on Saturday it said that no matches were pending and there were four games lol

That would be interesting...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure if there are any VA's that understand or speak any Semitic languages

Aha that makes sense now, thanks !
well, i think arabic should be on the list since arabic is the third or fourth spoken language in the world (according to wiki)
but man can only dream :\

I'm sure it will be in short order; from what I understand, WP (or at least Nokias) are still pretty popular in the Middle East.

Been using Cortana in Canada with the whole US region set. It will be nice to get it with KM and Celsius info instead of the US stuff though.

Neither can Canadians- weight in pounds, height in feet, distance in km, temperature in celcius!

Have lived here (USA) for five years still the only thing I know is 1mile=1.6km and 90F+ is too hot))))

Everything in metric is based in multiples of ten. What's silly is systems that aren't like that.

How many feet in a mile? How many miles in a furlong? How many stone in a pound?

Here's the strength of metric.

1 milliliter = 1 cubic centimeter = 1 gram.

1 liter = 1 cubic decimeter = 1kg

Conversions are so easy.

I think we do have the option somewhere in the settings for it to use either standard or metric... Not tied to region

I'm in Sweden with region set to USA, but I'm so going to change the region to Canada when it gets released just to get kilometers and celsius!

If that news came from a 'carrier conference', though admittedly I may be unsure of what exactly that is, hopefully that means that they were talking about the implementation of new WP8.1 handsets and training their staff. That could, of course, be wishful thinking.

With Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, that starts a whole other round of phones for launch....which are usually gated for the fall. But hey, better to get the kinks out now than before a brand new device launches, I'd say. As for me? My Icon suits me quite nicely. Best Windows Phone I've ever owned...zippy, perfect size, and such a clear screen!

Cool! Quick question, will it understand French? I hear in some parts of Canada, French is the native language.

I sure hope it will!! I'm still gonna use it if it's english only, but it'd be awesome to be able to use it in French!

Too my knowledge, this wouldn't apply. That said, I'm sure that if its not in this update, Québec French will come along with Cortana's roll out in France; which can't be that long given WP's growing popularity there.

What are you talking about? Quebec French and France French are totally different.

And Quebec makes up a sizable chunk of Canada's population. With them and the eastern provinces I'd say at least 35%-40% of Canadians are Francophones. The ONLY reason that makes sense for the delay of Cortana's release in Canada is because of French localization. Our English accents aren't that much different than the northern states.

As a Canadian, I'm glad to hear this is coming sooner than I originally thought. Nice to see the support. Now we just needs some new phones(available through carriers).

I just want a carrier with a sales force that DOESN'T try to convince me to NOT use WP.  It's like they are actively trying to kill WP or something.  Geez.  They problem is, they have no idea how to use WP and if they tried it, they'd probably like it (like how I did, despite how skeptical I was at first). 



+ gazillion -  same experience I had!    The sales people are young adults with limited technical experience beyond what youth use devices for (i.e. no business experience).  For us adults that use devices to produce in business, WP is excellent!   The sales people just can't relate.  & they don't care about privacy, which adults in business legally have to care about.

Please bring French to Canada as well :) (says a French who's waiting for Cortana and can't understand how French is more difficult to implement than Chinese o_O)

LOL Too funny, not sure Cortanna will ever get that.

That being said, it's nice to get some love Microsoft. After months of waiting for OneGuide on XBOX (arrived last week), and never receiving Local Scout, to get Cortana with the official launch is a big step in right direction.

Now waiting for the next flag ship announcement to upgrade my 920.

What language is Canadian?

French, English or a mixture of both?


On a side note. I hope that Cortana can play my music, since they are in Spanish but I use the English locale version for my Phone.

Example: Cortana, please play (insert song name here).

English or French, with people from some parts of Québec and Eastern Ontario speaking a rather hideous combination of both.

"Show some movies around me"

Cortana: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite get that, eh"

Oh, sorry, "Show some movies around me, eh"

Cortana: "Here are movie times at the theatre closest to your location, eh"

"I'm sorry that I forgot the eh, eh"

Cortana: "It's okay, I'm always sorry, eh"


Cortana: "eh, eh, eh, eh, eh"

"Hockey and s#!%, eh"

Cortana: "Look, I'm Rihanna. 'Under my umberella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh, eh,' eh"

"You're hilarious, Cortana"

Cortana: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite get that, eh"

Sorry, "You're hilarious, Cortana, eh"

Cortana: "Well that's how I'm programmed, eh"



It's not really that extreme, I'm just poking fun.


Maine is actually somewhat similar/worse, most "r" sounds are replaced with an "ah" sound.

Lobstah. Dahling. Lambahghani.

I do have a habit of saying it from time to time.. probably about 3 or 4 times a day.  It's usually when something truly awesome happens and my immediate response is "Holy Shit, eh....." 

Im a Canadian and have family is Mass. that like to poke fun of us for saying eh. Then I remind them how they talk "Hey Mawk, grab me a beah from the cawh" lol.

Number First!

Tabernac it took those tete carres long enough. I just hope when I ask Cortana where to go to get some hot poutine she doesn't think I'm speaking Spanish eh! N'est pas?

I've used Cortana several times.....mainly for GPS directions.  Just from the few times I've used it, the wife (who has an iPhone) states that Cortana definitely works better than Siri.....and I agree.  Cortana automatically launches the Here Drive app too.  Slick!

Windows Phone 8.1 is rumoured to be released June 24, right? Well that's great, Cortana is finally coming to Canada soon!

Shaweeet! Now all I need is an upgrade from my Lumia 920 to the... oh wait... there is no upgrade for the 920 in Canada... WHOMP!

Im Canadian and Cortana can localized a lots of place like my home, my work and other place i go often like my friends home, restaurants, bar, cinema...etc

Americans, how often do you guys use Cortana?

I never use Cortana. Similarily I never attempt to charge my phone by plugging it into the outlet that I know full well does not work.

Just so that people know, in Canada have 2 official languages (English and French) .

Don't forget Albertan, and Nufi by... and some native slang. Maa whatch you think we don't matter too? it will be interesting if she understands all dialects.

they could've just released it to Canadians....it's not like american english is that different from canadian english except "ehhhh" 99% Cortana will recognize with no problem.

If they released from the the get go, it will at least make Canadian feel that they care and not snobbing their neighbor

I've been using it with my location set to USA and the only annoyance is miles and Fahrenheit. If they can fix that, she's officially a Canadian citizen.