- Apr 11, 2011
So they do this to not disappoint the other countries? Aaaa, okay, now I'm happy...
That's why they do everything this way. I've tried to explain to folks before, but the instant they hear that I've spent time working as a contractor for MS usually they get super upset and assume bias.
The reason for US-only or limited region launches is to give them to time to work on localization and various other fixes that are required to comply with local laws so they can push for more regions as time goes on.
That's why you see everything Microsoft does (outside of Windows and Office essentially) being released as staged releases that occur over several months.
MS can't provide Cortana to other counties because till now they only focus USA.
Their services like bing never meant for other countries.
So, MS doesn't have a choice but to release Cortana in USA only.
I think it's time MS start think global not just USA.
and please enough with that excuses. We all know better why Cortana isn't release for rest of the world.
You can say that all you want. It doesn't change the truth...so why not stop with the assumptions and rudeness?
what is more baffling, WP's growing markets are Europe and Latin America. Guess who isn't getting this?. instead of doubling down rewarding users where they are LOVING you with nice features first, they give them the finger. when will they learn to stop the war on their customers? In fact the US market should be a secondary concern for Redmond at this point since they've thrown everything US first and what was the result? 4% share?
No one is giving anyone the finger. They release in their home region first because that's where they are located and it's easier to get a product finished in your home region when it comes to laws and localization as mentioned earlier.
All of this false outrage is just nonsense.
That makes no sense. If ever there were a language/dialect with a HUGE quantity of voice training data, it is the US English variant. MS should be launching in at least all the major English-speaking countries if this were true.
It's not just localization (although that is a big factor) but also compliance with local laws. It can take time to make sure a feature or set of features not only works well, but also complies with all regulations. It's easier to prepare for your home region first, and then expand out afterwards.
Do you want to know something I find truly hilarious about all of this? In my nearly 20 years working in this industry MS is the only company that I ever see treated this way by folks. It's like you assume we're all some evil overlords that want to taunt you with tech and hold it back....like some technology boogie man that will steal your souls while you're not looking.
I'm sorry, but that sort of thinking wasn't even true in the 90s when MS was at its most devious. I mean seriously giving customers the middle finger? That would be ludicrous.