Microsoft has indicated that the Cortana digital assistant that's part of Windows Phone 8.1 won't make its long awaited UK debut in July, despite earlier hints that it was launching soon in that country.

The message comes from the Windows Phone UK Twitter account, in response to a question from a fan who asked if Cortana would launch in that country this month. The reply? "Hi there, it won't be this month, we're afraid but later in 2014."

Microsoft had previously announced that Cortana, which is currently available just in the U.S. version of Windows Phone 8.1, would expand to the UK and China in 2014, and in other parts of the world in 2015. The company has teased UK residents with messages that Cortana would be launched "soon". On June 14, Marcus Ash, Group Program Manager for Cortana at Microsoft, posted on his own Twitter feed that it would launch it in the UK and China "very soon, Weeks not months."

If you are in the UK, are you disappointed that you won't be getting Cortana support for Windows Phone 8.1 in July?

Source: Windows Phone UK on Twitter via WinBeta