Microsoft has released a preview of Cortana in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain for those on the Windows Phone Developer Preview. The company announced the release on its Windows blog, detailing an upcoming roll out that will commence later today. Since Microsoft is releasing Cortana in these markets as alpha, you can expect some features to be absent, including flight tracking. That said, we're excited to see more Windows Phone owners get to know their new personal assistant.

"Transit data is currently limited to larger cities and will expand as we have more data. Additionally, reference data (e.g. "How tall is Mt. Everest") is also not available – but we're working hard to enable this soon! We have also worked hard to tailor Cortana's personality in each language (with local chit chat and jokes) to make her more locally and culturally relevant (i.e. make sure she fits in!). Cortana will also show European football (or as we Americans call "soccer") league data, including Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and La Liga."

Cortana will be made available as beta in these new markets in due course. In the meantime, be sure to enjoy using Cortana to provide much-needed feedback to Microsoft so Cortana can better adapt to her new markets. Should you have any specific asks, be sure to check out the Microsoft Cortana UserVoice website.

As noted above, you'll need to be rocking the Windows Phone Developer Preview to get access to Cortana. For more information, check the Microsoft blog post linked below.

Source: Microsoft; thanks to everyone who tipped us!