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    Cortana to have a different voice actress on handsets in the UK

    For every negativity about Windows Phone I have always said "well at least we'll have Cortana". Being a Halo fan in the UK, nothing is more awesome than having Cortana in my Smartphone... Except now we wont; to me, Jen Taylor IS Cortana, and without that iconic voice, it might as be called Clippy.
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    You couldn't really expect Jen Taylor to learn British accent, or all of the English accents around the world, could you?
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    Hopefully it's Sally Traffic.

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    No, wouldn't expect her too, perfectly happy with an American accent since that is what Cortana is. At least give us an option for American-accent Jen Taylor or whatever English actor/actress they get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xarok View Post
    No, wouldn't expect her too, perfectly happy with an American accent since that is what Cortana is. At least give us an option for American-accent Jen Taylor or whatever English actor/actress they get.
    Or letting us use the US English speech set but have everything else set to UK for Cortana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by o Aperture o View Post
    Hopefully it's Sally Traffic.
    It will probably end up like Tom tom, user selected voice, I'm looking forward to Roger melly from the telly

    No doubt it will be renamed to Cortina in the Uk with various versions up to mk5 and then the refresh version will become Escort lol
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    Or Brian Blessed. You can get him on TomTom as well.
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    Or Brian Blessed.
    Think that would blow your speakers having him talk over them :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by David P2 View Post
    Or Brian Blessed. You can get him on TomTom as well.
    ​That would be awesome....although all it would say is WWRRRAAAAAAA !!!!
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    or "Gordon's alive???????"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumiamike View Post
    No doubt it will be renamed to Cortina in the Uk with various versions up to mk5 and then the refresh version will become Escort lol
    Hahaha :D But I'm not sure about a Escort. Wasn't the Sierra successor of Cortina, and now Mondeo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sport Driver View Post
    Hahaha :D But I'm not sure about a Escort. Wasn't the Sierra successor of Cortina, and now Mondeo?
    Sierra Cosworth all the way
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    Its quite ridiculous. Halo doesnt come with British voice acting for Cortana, does it? English speaking countries should have Cortana with Jen's voice, as long as its localised properly to understand the local accents no one using it will think it out of place that the voice is American, they will just think its Cortana from Halo.

    This just further strengthens the notion that Microsoft only cares about the US, they make announcements about a feature but never come clean and say locations outside the US will get nerfed versions, they just let users in those areas find out the hard way for themselves. And since most of the tech press is US based you'll never hear anyone with any influence complain about it, and so it continues on and on.
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    I actually like the fact that my phone will speak to me properly, and pronounce words properly!

    Think about it though, with all of the recording and voice acting Jen is doing for US Cortana, can you imagine how long we would have to wait if someone British was not able to work in parallel?! How would it work? Jen updates each region every fortnight, and by the time all regions are updated,a year had passed before the first region gets its next chit-chat update? Bonkers. I imagine this news is purely about the practicality of it as described above, and not anything else!


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    I just hope they put the option in to change it, I would like Jen on my 930 but guess the mrs would probably like a normal English speaking person
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    Lol you can just change the voice guys. The option is in the settings already! Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sport Driver View Post
    Hahaha :D But I'm not sure about a Escort. Wasn't the Sierra successor of Cortina, and now Mondeo?
    Yup my bad, your completely right sd

    to Americans and young people Cortana is a completely fine as a name but to older people like me Cortana is just too close to Cortina, not that anyone gives a flying cr*p what I think, I do think the name will get some ridicule in the uk though should it ever become a mainstream item
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumiamike View Post
    Yup my bad, your completely right sd

    to Americans and young people Cortana is a completely fine as a name but to older people like me Cortana is just too close to Cortina, not that anyone gives a flying cr*p what I think, I do think the name will get some ridicule in the uk though should it ever become a mainstream item
    My mother's 51, calls Cortana "Consuela", and talks to her in her best American accent. Older people will get by just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicfromwales View Post
    My mother's 51, calls Cortana "Consuela", and talks to her in her best American accent. Older people will get by just fine.
    No doubt about that nic but it is soo close to Cortina it will definitely get ridiculed

    On a side note, I would love the welsh version to get rob brydons voice, that would be quality
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    We Brits may get an option to choose to keep Jen's voice. If not, my 930 will stay set to the US.
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    It is a shame we are not getting this, but I would much rather get proper uk terms in the voice instead of American ones

    Not sure what voice we are getting (not sure if it's been mentioned and I have missed it), but if it's the typical posh public school accent we see on films or the type of accent they spoke on the bbc around the 1950's then perhaps I would rather have the US accent
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    Quote Originally Posted by David P2 View Post
    Or Brian Blessed. You can get him on TomTom as well.
    I wouldn't want Brian shouting down my ears!
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    I just read this over at Engadget and was about to post it here. I honestly can't believe Microsoft is even considering this. I mean no one has any issues with Siri, why would they with Jen Taylor? Ridiculous.

    I've already tweeted Joe Belfiore with the hashtag #JenTaylorForUK saying Jen Taylor better -at least- be an option for us Brits or I'm boycotting Microsoft's entire ecosystem. A bit extreme I know but will hopefully make a point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumiamike View Post
    On a side note, I would love the welsh version to get rob brydons voice, that would be quality
    The people's choice, surely, but no doubt they'd shaft us with gravel-voiced Bonnie Tyler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicfromwales View Post
    The people's choice, surely, but no doubt they'd shaft us with gravel-voiced Bonnie Tyler.
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