Cortana outage causes the personal voice assistant to go quiet for some users
Cortana is still very much in beta and as such, we should expect some mishaps during these early stages of rolling out. Tonight, for some users, that scenario is becoming a reality.
Starting in the last few hours, a few Windows Phone users are complaining that Cortana is returning a witty error message when retrieving interests, aka the personal news and weather information displayed to users upon launching. Specifically, Cortana responds with "My suggestion well is dry. Try back later or add some more interests." Likewise, when you ask Cortana a question, she may respond with "I'm sorry, the internet and I aren't talking right now." strongly suggesting that Microsoft is experiencing some server issues.
Interestingly, this Cortana outage demonstrates just how reliant the personal voice assistant is on Microsoft's backend servers. The ability for Microsoft to dynamically update Cortana's features is also her Achilles' heel should anything happen back at Redmond. As a result, even asking Cortana to set an alarm may cause a failure.
Luckily, like all things powered by the internet, this is probably a brief downtime ending soon. There is no indication of how widespread the outage is, but it appears to only be affecting a small percentage of users (ourselves included)
Is Cortana working for you? Share your experience in comments.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
And don't tell me Cortana can do anything with this 8kms accuracy of location! Would be much better if it would work without requiring location services. Ms, please give us the choice...
It won't be too long that the official update shows up so you can wait a little bit also!!
If nothing works, you can try my app "Cortana's Guide" for detailed instructions (it includes how to get Cortana)... :) its free in US,India and few other regions: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=3947a1b6-23fa-4ed0-9131-70df566ab2f0
As you know that WP is still a growing OS and official apps take time to turn up and sometimes it is not easy to make a particular app due to some of its particular features and ofcourse due to the WP OS limitations which are being removed by MS at a considerable rate and also sometimes it is in the hands of some top level officials who try to delay the release mainly due to competitors or bribery!!
You can try alternatives like-UC Browser,,Maxthon,,Surfy,,Nokia Express and even IE 11 has improved a lot..My personal favourite is UC Browser!!
That's right, Opera didn't make its way to WP despite user's request and posts to twitter and their sites. I read somewhere, Opera Mini uses its own web page rendering engine for optimized and faster browsing experience, which is an objection for Microsoft's approval since they want that the browser should render using the engine built in IE only, as in other third party internet browsers made for WP. Another reason I believe in is that Opera now uses WebKit tools provided by Google and google never played well with Microsoft. So, I don't want to disappoint but chances that we'll see an official Opera Mini browser soon ain't high :(
Kuch khas nahi yar, ye toh ek basic text based app tha. I'll try to create better apps in coming days... Probably once I'm in college and start learning more into programming ;)
Just don't install clock hub...
The app should be pulled from the store until issues are resolved.
And, what "nicfromwales" said.
I used to have the same problem until another user gave me that advice... Now, my device works fine!.... I also suspect that the XBM app was causing issues, so I started closing it down when not in use... But, between the last XBM update, and uninstalling Clock Hub, my 1520 performs much better now.... It was benching around 600 on BMOS, now it's back to around 1020-1030...
I'm in California.
Mine was working fine all day, and then intermittently going offline. Now she doesn't work at all. :)
Canada, Rogers 1020.
Shouldn't Microsoft be on the ball about this as well? Why are they getting no criticism for this outage if WP8.1 devices are out on the market?
Rant aside, she's working fine for me. Lumia 1520, Rogers, Canada
Always says "The internet and I aren't talking right now".
Had done a hard reset too. I'm on 2nd WP8.1 update.
1> My suggestion well is dry.... As explained in article.
2> I and internet are not talking right now..... Its also in article (it happens much more frequently)
3> I can sing this one : O Danny....... She sung the song like reading something, fully mechanical voice. But it went good yesterday. Today it's perfectly doing her job.
+520, 1320 India.