Cortana hitting the UK in 'less than two weeks' with China soon thereafter
Microsoft's Cortana is currently limited to only those in the United States, but the team behind the personal assistant are working hard to quickly bring it to other regions. Top on that list is the UK and China, two regions that are officially getting Cortana soon. Cortana was originally teased as coming in July, but Microsoft later backtracked on that as the date was pushed back.
Now, Marcus Ash, Group Program Manager of Cortana, has responded to a user's question about the UK, noting "Barring an unforeseen issue, down to less than 2 weeks for the developer preview." This is certainly good news, as many in the UK can finally take advantage of a proper regionalized Cortana, including metric and Celsius data. As to the reason for the delay, Ash explains that he and his team have "…learned a lot about scaling. Now we need to finish" observing that it has been a "tough project".
Likewise, a user in our forums named Talderon, who also works for Microsoft, asserts that China is following the UK soon thereafter:
Indeed just over one week ago, Cortana was caught speaking Chinese. Talderon has previously revealed some specific changes to Cortana that later came to be in the biweekly updates to the service. Additionally, according to Talderon "India is still being worked on, but it will be sooner than later. No guess on a date yet."
Clearly Microsoft is focused on getting Bing services updated around the world, as Bing powers Cortana. As a result, we should be seeing more regionalization of Cortana in the coming months, but for now, the UK goes first.
Source: @MarcusAsh, WPCentral Forums; Thanks, Paul D., for the tip!
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100 °C is pure (i.e., distilled) water's boiling point at sea level and at a pressure of 1 atmosphere.
- i don' think so
- isn't that the same with the first question ?
- if you don't have bitlocker you don't need to
- still have no idea
"Customers whose phones have been affected should use the Nokia Software Recovery"
only those with affected devices (which mean with bitlocker) will get problems
you don't need Cyan, it's just the original way to get 8.1 + Nokia's goodies
it 100% won't brick your phone, only those with bitlocker will get their phone bricked
the last point ! if you have DP Cyan is "almost" pointless you got it right, they said they are working on it
you asked i answered that's all !
and you can do whatever suits you, it's your device after all.
Others, plenty, or most in fact have downloaded the update with PD on and NOT had any issues. The PD program is not on hold, the update that was pulled is on hold. People need to understand what the procedure is, who it affects and spread the proper procedure for the very few people this affects.
My dev preview was set to the Oosa for Cortana but since Cyan I've reverted back to UK, all the Z's were annoying me
I would think this news is pretty accurate coming from the source
920 users in the will probably get the cyan update with-in this time frame. Shortly thereafter we have the lock screen beta to look forward to! Bar the news about McLaren, the layoffs, mix radio being spun this is shaping upto a good month.
I personally would never revert back to a stock version of WP. Developer preview circumvents all of the annoying carrier restrictions and gives me all of the latest Windows Phone updates. I can't see any drawbacks either. When the updates come through, you get 8.1+Cyan, and I just get Cyan. We both end up with the same software though:).
Anyway, enjoy! It's a great upgrade.
In short, we may not be a big market - but in the grand scheme of things (and much like we are in so many other areas) our influence makes us a valuable place to do business.
MS hasn't exactly been clear about this one either..
Will there be updates for all phones of UK users to get cortana.