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  1. Silviu Bogusevschi's Avatar
    If I ask her to show me some nearby places (restaurants, bars, pubs etc) she is just performing a Bing search. However she does display some nearby places from Foursquare.
    Ok so she does show places, but only if I perform a voice search. Nothing for text.
    08-27-2014 03:48 PM
  2. trev81uk's Avatar
    Well, for me I've had Cortana since it was available and today I've deactivated it/her.
    It doesn't seem to do a lot, tells me when I should begin my commute to and from work, which is the same every day, slows down my Bing searches and that's about it. The voice recognition is poor.
    Maybe we can expect more from a future version?!?!?
    08-28-2014 06:13 AM
  3. Goldn3agle's Avatar
    Cortana has just been getting progressively worse for me, she won't even detect my voice anymore. I've tried all the guides and steps dotted around by no luck. :(

    EDIT: Quiet Hours have also stopped working now, they're set up but they don't start.
    Last edited by Goldn3agle; 08-31-2014 at 05:59 AM.
    08-29-2014 05:34 AM
  4. raredave's Avatar
    I am on 8.1 in the UK, but no Cortana. Does anyone know when?
    08-29-2014 05:45 AM
  5. switch side method's Avatar
    If your on 8.1 then change your region, keyboard and language to USA. You now have Cortana. You have to download the American speech when you switch language which wont take long
    08-29-2014 05:47 AM
  6. Pete's Avatar
    I am on 8.1 in the UK, but no Cortana. Does anyone know when?
    The UK version of Cortana comes with Windows Phone 8.1 Update (commonly known as GDR1). We don't know a date when this update will start rolling out (WP8.1 isn't worldwide yet), but should be in the next few months. Cortana is available in the UK for people in the Developer Preview programme.
    08-29-2014 05:48 AM
  7. paulsca's Avatar
    Install Voice World Clock: ask her to open it and as it opens it (not her) speaks the time
    09-03-2014 10:35 AM
  8. Pete's Avatar
    Anyone seeing that Cortana has been particularly slow to respond over the past couple of days? It's currently taking about 30 seconds to respond - sometimes telling me there's no internet connection when I clearly have one.
    09-09-2014 02:23 AM
  9. Muessig's Avatar
    I've experienced the exact same thing!
    09-09-2014 02:24 AM
  10. Pete's Avatar
    Great, so Cortana UK continues getting worse then. First we lose impressions, then we don't get any updates that the US version has, commuting reminder stopped working, and now this...

    If I wasn't a moderator, I'd be ranting...
    09-09-2014 02:46 AM
  11. Silviu Bogusevschi's Avatar
    No slow responses for me.
    US Cortana is more mature than the other ones, so soon we will get all of the features on the UK version.
    09-09-2014 03:42 AM
  12. mikeycl's Avatar
    Great, so Cortana UK continues getting worse then. First we lose impressions, then we don't get any updates that the US version has, commuting reminder stopped working, and now this...

    If I wasn't a moderator, I'd be ranting...
    I've noticed the same with mine.

    They may well have pulled features for updating or are making changes. Possibly even going to final with it.

    Am wondering about tweeting someone like Marcus Ash to see what is happening.

    It may be worth being a little patient for the minute though.
    09-09-2014 05:04 AM
  13. Pete's Avatar
    I did think about tweeting Marcus as well, but he doesn't seem to be too open to answering questions over Twitter...
    09-09-2014 05:08 AM
  14. Captains's Avatar
    Anyone seeing that Cortana has been particularly slow to respond over the past couple of days? It's currently taking about 30 seconds to respond - sometimes telling me there's no internet connection when I clearly have one.
    YEP. Same here & I'm in Australia. I never saw Impersonations & still don't. There are many things not working for Alpha.
    09-09-2014 07:47 PM
  15. Jips's Avatar
    Compared to Siri, cortina is a little under mature in areas, which is to be expected, but she is better in others.
    use it daily for interests and news feeds, and find she does understand me most of the time.
    he only thing I am a little disappointed at is ...
    1. When you first go in, she is always 'Getting things ready'. Should already be there and instantly displayed.
    2. Places to visit uses four square, which very few people use. Maybe she should integrate with Facebook places and/or google places which are more current.
    09-14-2014 10:48 AM
  16. Pete's Avatar
    I don't get the "getting things ready" message, not had that since I first set up Cortana. Cortana works immediately for me (sometimes a bit slow) and tells me if there's no network (in which case, she won't do anything at all).

    Foursquare is probably a bit more relevant than Facebook places - given the amount of rubbish in my Facebook feeds, I wouldn't really like to get those kinds of suggestions.

    There's still a long way to go with Cortana, we're all eager for more functionality.
    09-15-2014 03:02 AM
  17. Vitor Salvatore Pierce's Avatar
    Here in Brazil a lot people use Foursquare.
    09-18-2014 04:50 PM
  18. shinsenai's Avatar
    Recently added features like Insteon home automation commands or asking for the definition of words do not seem to work with Cortana UK. I wonder whether there is a delay in propagating features. Does either works for you (assuming you have Insteon for Hub for the home automation commands)?
    09-21-2014 03:52 AM
  19. Pete's Avatar
    Recently added features like Insteon home automation commands or asking for the definition of words do not seem to work with Cortana UK. I wonder whether there is a delay in propagating features. Does either works for you (assuming you have Insteon for Hub for the home automation commands)?
    There's been a delay in any new features coming to the UK. We have still the same songs, the same jokes, the same interests. The only thing that seems to have changed since we got Cortana was the impressions were taken away.
    09-22-2014 02:18 AM
  20. Sonu K's Avatar
    There's been a delay in any new features coming to the UK. We have still the same songs, the same jokes, the same interests. The only thing that seems to have changed since we got Cortana was the impressions were taken away.
    Guys, don't forget it's still Alpha. US cortana will be always ahead of UK cortana since US version is in Beta and MS's special US love which makes them ignore rest of the world.
    09-22-2014 02:57 AM
  21. Pete's Avatar
    Cortana UK is not Alpha. It's Beta, it says so in the top right corner. There should be a reasonable expectation that improvements to Beta functionality should replicate worldwide, but it seems this isn't the case.

    If Cortana UK was officially Alpha, like with India, Australia, Canada, I might expect this kind of disparity.
    09-22-2014 03:16 AM
  22. Jcmg62's Avatar
    Ok, so I've been using the UK version for about a month and didn't want to stick my thoughts on here until I'd really given Cortana a run for her money.... What I don't get is the US version understood me at least 95% of the time. The UK version is getting my accent about 60-70% of the time, meaning I'm a LOT less likely to try and show off Cortana in public these days for fear of looking like a complete arse. And almost every question results in a plain bing search. And the voice.....WTF.....why would they ditch a perfectly good voice?! In a nutshell, its miles and miles away from being as good as the US version.
    rafaldo and Ron Vin like this.
    09-22-2014 05:15 PM
  23. Neil Black's Avatar
    Not as brilliant as it was hyped up to be..... poor!
    09-22-2014 06:36 PM
  24. rafaldo's Avatar
    Ok, so I've been using the UK version for about a month and didn't want to stick my thoughts on here until I'd really given Cortana a run for her money.... What I don't get is the US version understood me at least 95% of the time. The UK version is getting my accent about 60-70% of the time, meaning I'm a LOT less likely to try and show off Cortana in public these days for fear of looking like a complete arse. And almost every question results in a plain bing search. And the voice.....WTF.....why would they ditch a perfectly good voice?! In a nutshell, its miles and miles away from being as good as the US version.
    Totally agree with everything you say. The current state of UK Cortana actually deters me from using her.
    09-24-2014 06:08 AM
  25. Michael Brooks5's Avatar
    I think that UK Cortana has a slightly different API, or there is no API for her at the minute. I've tried the Wikipedia and Memo app and neither of them work properly when asking Cortana to do something with those apps.

    E.g. I said "Wikipedia banana" and she opened up the app and tried getting a location. I then asked a second time and she opened it up, but not with the correct info. Asked again and she wouldn't even open it up, just kept using bing. :/

    I only just found out you can ask her "What does a <animal> say" and she replies with their sound which is pretty cool. The fox one doesn't work yet though which was a let down...
    09-24-2014 07:44 AM
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