Microsoft releases helpful video to get you started with Cortana

Microsoft has published a new video on its Windows Phone YouTube channel. This latest video is dedicated to helping consumers get comfortable with Cortana and using commands to obtain different pieces of information. The new virtual assistant is part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update, but is not yet available outside the US (unless you switch up your region and language settings).

There are a number of ways to interact with Cortana, as well as sharing interests and configuring the assistant to provide you with a more personalized experience. We've also covered Cortana in the past fairly extensively, so be sure to search through and find some handy articles to help you out. We'll list a handful below.

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Microsoft releases helpful video to get you started with Cortana


Still though fairly bit behind it's counterpart, in terms of natural language recognition. Anyway, it is still in beta mode. Lots to come.

Shame on you MSFT, all of your promo videos about WP look super laggy. Videos should expose even more the un-laggyness of the OS.

MS pissess me off! Whoo tha hell shows such laggy animations to the world. Some idiots will actually think they really lag!

The reason they lag is because they use WP emulators and then screen capture the video probably on a pc, I think they should use an actual WP and film someone with it with a high fps camera

Yes, or just record the "connect phone to PC" feature like that one that shows the little dot when you tap. That'd be good.

They could even use project to screen for this. Im in agreement these videos are not the best. Hope thy haven't laid off the Nokia marketing folks - they do a much better job imho

No availability on EU countries, no matter. When will US based company understand that you can't go global and expect high market share if you only make your services available in US? The problem is, the US citizens think the same, that US means global......

I agree, I live Microsoft products but get so annoyed with them because they want to be a player outside the U.S. but continue to treat the rest of the world like second class citizens.At least Apple get their products out into the world.

Be nice. Waiting for Windows phone at all in Japan. But I remember clearly the year Japan finally got the iPhone. Took longer than people remember. This is a US citizen who takes issue with that your statement ; )

I know who needs another job: those people who create these tutorial videos. Even after years they aren't able to record the UI smoothly.

Can you imagine Apple would release a video showing the killer feature of iOS in such a low quality video?

beter then tutorial video is release cortana outside US. I mean, why only US ? if i change region and language to get it work, why its that problem cortana activate on all other region ? I dont want another language support etc. i just want use my region a cortana together !

I would be so glad to getting started... IF I would live in the only single country on planet earth where this is possible. I suppose MS idiots s(h)itting in Redmond have no clue about geography, that there are more than 1 country on this dirt-ball.

This type of low quality video from Microsoft. Now anybody can understand, why Microsoft lay off their employees.

I don't know what will make you guys happy. Go to android and use google now if you don't like WP.

The REASON that they haven't released it outside the U.S. yet is because its NOT OPTIMISED for the other countries, meaning language input, localisation, geo fencing etc. So I bet you that you would be even more p*ssed off with Cortana and MS if they HAD released Cortana for other countries because its not fully optimised for other countries yet. As soon as it comes out of beta it will be available for other countries. And yes, I am using Cortana outside of the U.S. through the language switch, and yes it does some tings good but it more often than not doesn't understand my accent. I have to say each word at a time and then its ok. So I don't know about you guys but I'd rather wait for the fully optimised version than MS release a half baked version of it.

You wouldn't be happy with Cortana at this stage in beta if it was released for your country

It works almost flawlessly in Australia (region set to US) wouldn't be a whole lot to change to get her started over here... Even local traffic works here... Maybe add some Aussie Rules Football support, Celsius weather, Kilometers, and maybe an option for how long it will take to get to work if I rode a kangaroo instead of driving? :P

i think just a few are complaining about cortana not understanding because the accent, cortana is better on that. 


I AM PISSED OFF WITH THE DATE FORMAT, otherwise i have no other complains. Cortana must not 100% depend on internet, not all Coutries have easy access or free WI-FI and those free data bundles.


How else can it work though? It relies on information which is changing all the tine, eg news, traffic, weather. How else is it supposed to get that information. I'm not getting your point

sometimes there are tasks that you what cortana to do which doesn't need internet, searching something local i.e. on the phone.

Thats why you can't beat Google, they think outside the Box, ans sometimes not selfish (US Only thing).

they try to satisfy their clients be it in China, Africa India e.t.c. complains mainly comes from other OSs trying to use Google services.

I wish MS could do the same!!!

8.1 ... Then cyan... Then Cortana with some instructions... Getting a tad ahead of themselves here...

They are releasing videos about cortana and we don't even have lumia cyan. I wonder when we'll have cyan and then later cortana in India.

Thinking ahead of the times.....

Now that I learnt how to use Cortana, all I need to do is invite Cortana to magically appear on my phone.