Cortana to launch in China and UK for version 1, other English-speaking countries soon after
Cortana is one of the most high profile new features of Windows Phone 8.1, which is why it can be frustrating for those outside the US. We’ve already shared the way to enable the new personal voice-assistant if you’re not in the States through our guide, but many of you want to know when (and why) she is not available now.
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took to answering this question and gave a few more details about their plans for the Siri competitor. As expected, one of the main reasons for the slow rollout for Cortana is to ensure a good user experience both in terms of voice recognition (including accents) and localized results for search. It’s definitely a balancing act.
In terms of future rollouts, Belfiore was confident that other English-speaking countries won’t be too far behind the v1.0 release, expected to coincide with the official 8.1 release expected in the coming weeks:
While we’re sure anything short of giving Cortana to everyone now will please the masses, Microsoft is certainly aware of the demand for their new voice-assistant. Let’s hope Cortana will go more global in 2014.
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Do they support lousiana french when they roll out in the USA? I get that french isn't an official american language... but they don't have to support all official languages. They should make language support available in an area soon as they have captured the regional dialect, they shouldn't wait for nearby dialects and langauges to also be captured.
So its like one tiny step forward and 10 huge steps backwards.
Well..then what about countries like India where windows phone have very good number of users?
When Cortana gets released here in Holland.... it's probably outdated
You got Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname and South Africa!
They can update it later to understand the newfie accent and quebec french/english.
Then how come they get it????
Why china nd not India?????
Microsoft.... U r d best
Nd plzz continue to be the best
If this keeps on going like this then ......