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  1. PushMe96's Avatar
    And why does it appear like Microsoft is unconcerned about it? I recently changed my Surface's region to the US, and the experience is so, so much better.
    05-13-2018 03:06 AM
  2. techiez's Avatar
    And why does it appear like Microsoft is unconcerned about it? I recently changed my Surface's region to the US, and the experience is so, so much better.
    coz they r stupid.
    05-13-2018 12:05 PM
  3. unmorphed's Avatar
    AMERICA!

    If it makes fiscal sense to expand features/products outside the US then they do it, if it doesn't they don't. It's that easy.
    05-13-2018 12:52 PM
  4. PushMe96's Avatar
    Fair enough. I think I can understand the idea of them not giving a damn since there isn't much revenue to be gained by carrying the rest of the world along.

    But isn't that sorta short-sighted? Wouldn't it make more sense to put in the infrastructure and admin investment needed to carry emerging markets along, for potential future gain? I live in Nigeria, and I know for a fact how little mindshare Microsoft has. Conversely, Google is "everywhere" here, though to be fair, I don't think they're making much money from the mindshare they have. There's a large Google-friendly developer community, though.
    05-14-2018 02:13 PM
  5. techiez's Avatar
    AMERICA!

    If it makes fiscal sense to expand features/products outside the US then they do it, if it doesn't they don't. It's that easy.
    Dont agree with the fiscal sense part, Google and Amazon are making big bets outside US and minting money. I would say MS doesnt have the hunger to strike in the consumer space and hence the lag.
    05-16-2018 04:14 AM
  6. anon(10458357)'s Avatar
    I live in the US, but I am also a developer of UWP apps on the store. So yes, it's bloody irritating that Microsoft doesn't expand their major services like Bing Search, Bing Maps, Cortana, MS Rewards into at a minimum the following MAJOR markets:

    ALL of Europe
    Canada
    Brazil
    Argentina
    Japan
    Russia
    China
    South Africa
    Australia
    India
    Phillipines
    Vietnam

    I have users of my app in all these places, and I spent hundreds of hours of my life translating the app (using Azure services) into the major languages of these markets, and yet I know for a fact that I could have more customers if only bloody Microsoft would support their bloody ecosystem properly!

    It's EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING that Microsoft built an ecosystem that they just let wither on the vine! And this is outside of the bloody fact that because they abandoned mobile devices that my app acquisitions are about 10% of what they were prior to Nadella's taking the bloody helm!

    Grr!!!!!
    05-19-2018 02:18 PM
  7. Nayden's Avatar
    You should ask your services like FBI and alike.
    05-19-2018 02:22 PM
  8. vbraca's Avatar
    If Microsoft does not address this issue immediately, it will soon bring the company down. I do not understand, what ***** does the company set off with such a policy?
    05-19-2018 02:36 PM
  9. ulfvar's Avatar
    I am getting really tired of everything from Microsoft and having to set all my settings to the U.S. just so I can have a decent experience with any of their products.

    Bing is terrible in my country, Xbox live is not available in my country, I can not buy digital games on Xbox, if I have my computer settings set on my country the store is even worse than it already is. The list goes on and on and I am honestly giving up on it, Google supports where I live much better and I am seriously thinking about switching everything to google.
    05-19-2018 02:45 PM
  10. fdruid's Avatar
    I'm very frustrated. I want to be able to control Spotify from Cortana, and I want to have all the Cortana services they have in USA. I also want a Harman Kardon speaker that works for my region and in my language, which is supported by Windows.

    Microsoft is making a mistake and losing users and money because of this.
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    05-19-2018 03:07 PM
  11. Martin_Hofman's Avatar
    And why does it appear like Microsoft is unconcerned about it? I recently changed my Surface's region to the US, and the experience is so, so much better.
    I'm a big fan of software and hardware from Microsoft but it heart's when I read that Android or iPhone apps are getting new features and my Lumia950 don't.
    I tell you this, I've never used Cortana! Because it's not working or listening. I think Al is probably the same as Cortana. Working in the USA but in the rest of the world it's ****! Azure is a nice looking web based Administration tool for Enterprise and developers but when I read that Microsoft is working on a possibility to unlock your pc/laptop using Windows Hello and NOT(!) have plans to develop it for Windows Phones!? WTF!!! And as I said Azure is a nice looking tool for Admin and development in the cloud, when it's came to consumers throw the Store as a kind of Lego to build our one apps that can be shared with friends and family Why isn't MS doing anything, or let's say, the same, for Windows phone/Lumia owners as for Android and Apple owners on Mobile?! Also in the US only it's possible to buy the latest hardware from Surface and by the time it's out in Europe where I live, a Surface book as already on Book 2 or new Book. The development off new hardware from MS is way to slow! Needed a new phone in okt/nov2016 for the Lumia's on Windows 10 Mobile and again a new phone in 2017 and a next right now! Every year a little upgrade of the hardware and software by Windows 10 Mobile
    And make Azure accessible and usable for consumers! I want to make my prived network with in it my 4 laptops, Lumia950 phone, HD500 continuum, LG 55" FHD tv, 3 pc wired wifi boxes, router, wireless wifi printer with own email-address and Teufel Bluetooth speaker and more Bluetooth speakers or hardware like Surface Arc Mouse, foldable keyboard ect. But maybe also my kids there devices just for protection and no restrictions using Office 365 Home
    05-19-2018 03:26 PM
  12. lumia_kiwi's Avatar
    In New Zealand I have to change my region to get Cortana which works great for what I do. So I always wonder why we can't just get an international version of Cortana? It is very frustrating to missing out on Microsoft services that are available in the US
    05-19-2018 04:50 PM
  13. brunoadduarte's Avatar
    I have to admit... There are only two things that bother me. First is Bing. I'm Portuguese and most results I get with it are in Brazilian Portuguese or, if in the real Portuguese, lacking. Second ties with Bing somewhat. The localization of some services or even the MS site itself. For me (and a lot of other people), it aches my soul when I see something localized in Brazilian Portuguese and MS does that more often than not.
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    05-19-2018 05:02 PM
  14. Darren Hynes's Avatar
    And why does it appear like Microsoft is unconcerned about it? I recently changed my Surface's region to the US, and the experience is so, so much better.
    I use Google's assistant in Australia. Miles in front of Cortana and Alexa, and it opens my locked phone when I want. Bing is quite good here though. I prefer that over google's search function.
    05-19-2018 08:48 PM
  15. Darren Hynes's Avatar
    I'm very frustrated. I want to be able to control Spotify from Cortana, and I want to have all the Cortana services they have in USA. I also want a Harman Kardon speaker that works for my region and in my language, which is supported by Windows.

    Microsoft is making a mistake and losing users and money because of this.
    Why is it a mistake exaclty? I mean, how many people are there in your position wanting this feature? Enough to make MSFT more money than they will most likely rake in with their enterprise plan? Don't get me wrong, if they had a Cortana speaker that did everything a competing device can in my region, I would buy it. But there is no incentive for them to do so.
    05-19-2018 08:54 PM
  16. sbwright's Avatar
    Unfortunately the US restriction thing is not just Microsoft, Amazon does the same, and thats for Canada which should be minimal differences. As a fan its tough to take. But Microsoft no longer cares about the consumer business at all, AT ALL.. As a Halo fan its disgusting that this loser company has taken the Halo AI' s name Cortana and used it on their neglected attempt at an assistant, oh yah now an assistants aide. Typical Microsoft neglect. Microsoft is turning into a crapware company including windows 10. It's a good thing the cloud came along or they would cease to exist. They will eventually walk away from the consumer version of windows, and as for XBox that division will be neglected till it's sold or shutdown. Microsoft is to slow to the game if they show up at all and then just throw in the towel, on everything.
    05-19-2018 09:56 PM
  17. PushMe96's Avatar
    I have to admit... There are only two things that bother me. First is Bing. I'm Portuguese and most results I get with it are in Brazilian Portuguese or, if in the real Portuguese, lacking. Second ties with Bing somewhat. The localization of some services or even the MS site itself. For me (and a lot of other people), it aches my soul when I see something localized in Brazilian Portuguese and MS does that more often than not.
    I can sorta relate to this. I live in Nigeria, with three major local languages (though our official language is English. We all for the most part speak English). For some reason, Microsoft has decided that I'm a Hausa (local language) speaker, and I get 2FA messages and online notifications in Hausa, which I don't speak. I'm Yoruba, I speak English. And I've not seen any option to change this without changing my actual location. It's really annoying.
    05-19-2018 11:04 PM
  18. BanditoTR's Avatar
    Yes. Why after all this time they still don't have support for Spanish people, like Puerto Rico after so much time? Heck of they decided to go after Spain it would be all good seeing as it has a bigger market but they only have gone after US. Google in that part is way ahead of them because they go after everybody to the point their AI is decades ahead of them. They have Bing so it's not like they don't get data. Not as much as Google but I'll bet it's still in the billions of GB per year.
    05-20-2018 01:18 AM
  19. EssThree's Avatar
    I too have my MS devices set to US. It's ridiculous. Both Apple and Google have strong service support here. It's ridiculous how behind MS are.
    05-20-2018 01:35 AM
  20. Vestfold Norway's Avatar
    No, Cortana, no Edge on Ios and more. They should at least make the programs availibel in the local store. Now you have to choose between national apps or Microsoft Integration. So I have to wait, and wait and then wait som more. I still pay for the ecosystem, but I don't get full value
    05-20-2018 01:38 AM
  21. Rahul cholate's Avatar
    And why does it appear like Microsoft is unconcerned about it? I recently changed my Surface's region to the US, and the experience is so, so much better.

    even I experienced the same. I felt bad for not getting the same user experience for the products I love to use. even Cortana and being has the same issues. they work very smoother and reliable when the location is changed. wish we get the same user experience across the world for all type of form factors and countries.
    05-20-2018 01:42 AM
  22. ZvjerOPC's Avatar
    In Croatia nobody cares about Bing or Cortana so Microsoft doesn't need to bother with that. 99% of users use Windows OS in Croatia (not official number, just my gut feeling) and the OS itself supports Croatia very well. It's translated to Croatian and Windows Store accepts payments in local currency.

    But Xbox does not exist in Croatia, neither does XBL support Croatia and that's a shame. PlayStation is superbly supported in Croatia and it shows greatly. I would love to see XBL support for Croatia, at least.
    05-20-2018 06:22 AM
  23. neo158's Avatar
    And why does it appear like Microsoft is unconcerned about it? I recently changed my Surface's region to the US, and the experience is so, so much better.
    Maybe this is why the April 2018 update installs US English whether you want it or not
    05-20-2018 07:11 AM
  24. jmdesaojose's Avatar
    I'm a Portuguese consumer and fan of windows.
    All we get in Portugal, it's the worst and minimal of windows. Why? Just because we are a small country far away in Europe? Shame you, Microsoft.
    05-20-2018 08:07 AM
  25. PushMe96's Avatar
    Maybe this is why the April 2018 update installs US English whether you want it or not
    Hmm. That makes sense, because the change occured when I upgraded to the April update. I didn't do anything consciously to trigger it, so I just assumed I must have unwittingly selected US as region.

    It was a really jarring change though. It felt like I had been using incomplete software all along and finally got exposed to the real thing. Bing is actually useful, Cortana is brilliant, Edge is awesome. For once I didn't find myself running back to Chrome within minutes.

    And those are just the obvious areas. Bing particularly was a really big difference. Before I changed, Bing felt like it was 5 years behind Google. Now, it actually feels like a viable replacement.
    05-20-2018 09:08 AM
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