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  1. Muessig's Avatar
    So, If you're in the UK and you're on the Developer Preview it looks like you should have access to Cortana now. Use this thread to post your experiences (good and bad) of Cortana!
    Last edited by Muessig; 08-04-2014 at 03:05 PM.
    08-04-2014 12:02 PM
  2. BRC1711's Avatar
    Its pretty bad it does a bing search for most stuff. It tells you the weather and does reminders and stuff but chit chat doesn't seem to work.

    Posted via Windows Phone Central App
    fbloise likes this.
    08-04-2014 12:04 PM
  3. Judas20's Avatar
    'Sorry, I didn't catch that', is the only response I've been getting so far. Btw her voice sucks.
    08-04-2014 12:12 PM
  4. MTorskyj's Avatar
    It needs a lot of work! But for the simple things like texts and weather it isn't too bad for a beta. I mostly need Cortana for texting and phoning while on my bike and I think she'll be ok at that for now.
    08-04-2014 12:14 PM
  5. asylumxl's Avatar
    It's absolutely awful. It's pathetic when compared to the US version. Why they can't must change the accent but use the same content is beyond me.
    08-04-2014 12:17 PM
  6. flattie's Avatar
    So far, 'she' doesn't seem to have much personality; quirky questions inevitably result in a Bing search. That being said, these kinds of questions/responses are only the superficial aspect of the service; the main functionality appears to be good. I'm impressed with the voice recognition which does indeed seem to deal with implication and intent very well - perhaps even better than Google Now, which I find to be a very impressive service. I am also glad to finally have access to the quiet hours feature.

    I'm still of an opinion that these tools will be at their most useful when they can be activated by voice for times when you're physically unable to handle your phone, or when it is unsafe to do so. While some people will no doubt be eager for MS to inject some 'personality' in to Cortana, I'm more interested in seeing a genuine hands free capability evolve, as it is starting to on Android.

    Still, as a beta, it is a solid start and I look forward to seeing it progress.
    Last edited by flattie; 08-04-2014 at 12:35 PM.
    08-04-2014 12:23 PM
  7. AndyFZ1S's Avatar
    Indeed she lacks personality, ask her to play a song and she apparently likes to shuffle, Needs to be on par with US version for me to make use of it, US version will do for now as its quirky and fun to use.
    08-04-2014 12:32 PM
  8. colinkiama's Avatar
    People are reporting, as time passes, her personality gets better.
    08-04-2014 02:43 PM
  9. stickyshocker's Avatar
    People are reporting, as time passes, her personality gets better.
    She sounds awful, even when she's on par with the U.S. version its not going to be the same ever! Microsoft all I can say is 99% of British people don't talk like your cortana for uk sorry.
    pLUSpISTOL and fbloise like this.
    08-04-2014 02:48 PM
  10. Muessig's Avatar
    She seems to be doing everything I used to be able to get the US version of Cortana to do. She even seems to understand cockney rhyming slang a bit!
    08-04-2014 02:48 PM
  11. mohammad rasool's Avatar
    She's working correctly now. I guess they activated the servers, all jokes are go.
    08-04-2014 02:58 PM
  12. Al_2's Avatar
    It's great to have Cortana available and keep my phone set to the UK region but I'm quite disappointed in the voice. Some of it is recorded but it lacks life compared to Jen Taylor. And the robotic stuff is terrible, it's really slow and unnatural. I hope they bring an option to choose which voice you want.
    08-04-2014 03:09 PM
  13. ruzzy83's Avatar
    The voice is awful and will alienate most UK users, we don't have the posh sounding accents you Americans think we do.

    She sounds as useless and robotic as siri, please bring back Jen and the halo selling point.
    sHAYM4N, Great deal and fbloise like this.
    08-04-2014 03:12 PM
  14. DeeEmv1's Avatar
    I've been using the US Cortana for a while now, so reverted my settings back to the UK to have a play around. Most of the functionality was there but that "British" accent is just awful and seems really robotic. Five minutes later and I've gone back to the US Cortana, I won't be reverting back either while that's the "Cortana" we have to use in the UK.
    08-04-2014 03:21 PM
  15. markyjns's Avatar
    The British voice is terrible just sounds like the really annoying call centre recordings press 1 for this, press 2 for that and no personality at all, no humour or playfulness. Will persevere for a few days but probably switch back to the US version.
    lordsnow likes this.
    08-04-2014 03:30 PM
  16. stickyshocker's Avatar
    Could we start the let us choose feature and all vote for it?
    08-04-2014 03:36 PM
  17. stickyshocker's Avatar
    08-04-2014 03:45 PM
  18. Pete's Avatar
    I don't think that Cortana has finished evolving yet. Some phrases have clear and distinct speech, but most others have the generic computer voice.

    Marcus Ash has confirmed on twitter that the rollout hasn't completed yet. Hopefully things will be more complete by the morning.
    08-04-2014 04:00 PM
  19. stickyshocker's Avatar
    Did any of you play halo wars? The ai in there (Serena) had a nice voice for a British person, that's another voice I would like.
    08-04-2014 04:03 PM
  20. Geddeeee's Avatar
    Well it is terrible because all the features won't be 'turned on' until GDR1 is completely rolled out. It is the basic Cortana only.
    If you search, there is a 'tweet' from Marcus Ashe explaining about this......
    08-04-2014 04:03 PM
  21. Zeem Frostmaw's Avatar
    She sounds awful, even when she's on par with the U.S. version its not going to be the same ever! Microsoft all I can say is 99% of British people don't talk like your cortana for uk sorry.
    I lol'd.

    As far as I'm concerned Cortana does everything I used the US version for (mostly reminders and playing music playlists) except now the voice recognition is vastly improved, understanding natural voice speed almost perfectly. Also Cortana now sounds like Lara Croft, which I have no complaints about. =P
    08-04-2014 04:15 PM
  22. Pete The Penguin's Avatar
    Chitchat doesn't work, neither does asking about the weather. Basically, MSFT haven't enabled half the stuff that makes Cortana, Cortana.

    Until she's on par with her American version, I refuse to use her.
    08-04-2014 05:22 PM
  23. Pete The Penguin's Avatar
    Did any of you play halo wars? The ai in there (Serena) had a nice voice for a British person, that's another voice I would like.
    That'd be perfect.
    08-04-2014 05:23 PM
  24. Montgomery Badleford's Avatar
    Functionality-wise she is not very good either. I can't seem to be able to get her to write an email.
    08-04-2014 07:53 PM
  25. adesonic's Avatar
    At first she was only throwing up bing searches, but I just reset her (turned her off and on again including phone restart) and she is now chatty, tells jokes etc. Voice is OK for me, voice recognition is excellent!
    Steve Clews likes this.
    08-05-2014 02:31 AM
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