Microsoft flipped the switch to expand Cortana's previously revealed support for recommending nearly places to more Windows Phone 8.1 devices late on Monday, perhaps in preparation for launching the digital assistant in China later this week.

While we had already reported on this new feature for Cortana a few days ago, it had not actually gone live on our phones at that time. That changed last night as our editor in chief Daniel Rubino confirmed that the Cortana recommendations for nearby places, using data supplied by Foursquare, went live on his Windows Phone device, as it apparently did on other phones.

As we posted a few days ago, this means Windows Phone 8.1 users can now ask Cortana to display recommendations for nearby restaurants, bars, shopping centers and more locations based on popularity, newness and buzz.

Microsoft is reportedly close to launching Cortana in the UK and China and recent reports suggest that it will go live in China on Wednesday, July 30. Did the recommendations for nearby places go live on your Windows Phone 8.1 devices?