1. secher's Avatar
    Cortana on the PC, Cortana in the browser, Cortana in the pocket, on the tablet, and probably also XBOX...

    Microsoft is making Cortana available on all devices, but not everywhere... I live in Denmark, a country that is not likely to ever get Cortana support. Of course I can change my region to US or some other place with Cortana, but that will ruin day to day searches for me, because it gives me results that are irrelevant. If I search for my university ("SDU") it will bring up some random american companies. If the region on my phone is Denmark, I will of course get the right results.

    Now, to make it clear, I don't need Cortana in danish, I speak english just fine - as do most smaller countries that are not likely to get Cortana in their language. What we want is the functionality of Cortana in our area - not in our language.

    Cortana is going to be such a huge part of Windows 10, and thats awesome, but most people won't be able to use it!

    Will Windows 10 even work without Cortana? What will be our choices? Is Cortana coming to more countries? More languages?

    Microsoft needs to make it clear, in my opinion...
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    02-01-2015 06:37 AM
  2. matejm1994's Avatar
    Yes, that would be nice to have cortana in owr own region without changing it to US for example. There should be option to chose language (those from supported), but it should work regardless region.
    02-01-2015 06:56 AM
  3. dysje's Avatar
    Microsoft has been known to be slow, very slow in supporting non-domestic markets (anything outside of the USA really). Sooo... yes, Cortana will come, when? Well... Seeing as how Microsoft goes about the rest of the planet, it could take a seriously long time.

    Which is even more annoying as it's currently 90% Europe that drive the Lumia sales.
    02-01-2015 07:20 AM
  4. DER1996's Avatar
    It's true that like most american companies , MS is infamous for lack of support outside of US ,BUT they have been emphasisng that they're trying to get Cortana to as much countries as possible , and I remember that they promised a worldwide availability sometime in 2015 , the addition of multiple language support in cortana is a good sign . Even if I'm wrong about the last part , all their efforts would be meaningless since most lumia sales are out side of the US . Still I wouldn't be suprised if it's a bit late to come to smalleer countries , localization takes a lot of time effort and money , and unlike google, MS has the bad habbit of throwing money only in direct profit projects , which explains their treatment of WP as ******* child for most of its' life and why I'm an optimist as far as W10 is concerned.
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    02-01-2015 07:39 AM
  5. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    Cortana will not change for Europe, at least for another 10-15 years I think.

    I think Cortana is only for the America's, UK, Australia and India. The rest of the world does not register on the Cortana radar.

    Ever since windows phone 7 I've been giving microsoft feedback that for speech to be sometihng, step one is working on the non-english languages packs. Except for Chinese, I've no progress for other countries. I think for Europe we will only see aftermarket solutions, because non-English speaking Europe is not a big market enough to invest technology on that.
    That's the impression I'm getting from microsoft. And its odd, because they have a huge database of windows OS language packs, even ink-to-text-recognitin packs. But speech is thousands of miles behind any other package I think. If the foundation isn't there, then I don't see the point and value of Cortana. I can then only conclude currently that its hyped.

    I probably don't speak for everyone, but when it comes to winodws 10 I think its better to focus on other aspects of the operating system than Cortana, but our feedback won't lead to any significant change for Europeans. I think its better to focus on other OS elements such as the desktop experience, certainly the tablet experience (a lot of work and feedback needed there that can make a significant change), Office apps, photo's app and overall performance, batterylife and stability.

    You have a point if cortana search will work for Europe. I will boldly say no. It is important to give feedback on the general search experience. That's an experience that will matter to us.
    02-10-2015 10:32 AM
  6. Harrie-S's Avatar
    Small correction.
    In below countries Cortana is available.
    United States
    United Kingdom
    Australia
    India

    Canada
    China

    Germany
    France
    Italy
    Spain
    Last edited by Harrie-S; 02-10-2015 at 11:03 AM.
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    02-10-2015 10:51 AM
  7. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    Small correction.
    In below countries Cortana is available.
    United States
    United Kingdom
    Australia
    India

    Canada
    China

    Germany
    France
    Italy
    Spain
    ....But also in their respective languages?
    02-12-2015 07:08 AM
  8. Harrie-S's Avatar
    ....But also in their respective languages?
    Yes but you need Cyan+ pfd or Denim
    And in China she's called Xiao Na

    See also http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...e-3fde582aecd4
    02-12-2015 07:18 AM
  9. JamesDax's Avatar
    Yes. This has been said a thousand times.
    02-12-2015 07:33 AM
  10. anon(8150199)'s Avatar
    ....But also in their respective languages?
    You need to set the language and region to that specific country - Germany for German, France for French etc. You also need to set the language for voice control (it'll download if it's not installed).
    02-12-2015 07:39 AM
  11. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    I don't see the Netherlands- I don't see support for Dutch.
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    02-12-2015 08:35 AM
  12. Harrie-S's Avatar
    I don't see the Netherlands- I don't see support for Dutch.
    Indeed, there are still a lot of country's missing and it probably will take (a lot of) time before they are added. Or better said will they ever be added.
    But with Germany, France, UK, Italy and .Spain more than half of Europe is "covered".
    02-12-2015 08:51 AM
  13. colinkiama's Avatar
    Indeed, there are still a lot of country's missing and it probably will take (a lot of) time before they are added. Or better said will they ever be added.
    But with Germany, France, UK, Italy and .Spain more than half of Europe is "covered".
    Funny. I thought Europe had 28 countries
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    02-12-2015 01:12 PM
  14. TechFreak1's Avatar
    I guess the conundrum for MS is: do you have Cortana speak in english or the native tongue to a country?

    They could roll out Cortana out in english and then add support for the native tongue as the speech has to be recorded / synthesized. The downside of this approach is that it doubles the workload as I imagine some people wouldn't want Cortana speaking in a foreign accent (to them) in this case "with an american accent". Never the less there are quite a lot of people outside of the US who would prefer Cortana speaking with an american accent (Jen Taylor's voice).
    02-19-2015 11:43 AM
  15. Praxius's Avatar
    If they drop trying to get other voice actors for different English accents, things would go faster.. A bit.
    02-19-2015 10:08 PM
  16. colinkiama's Avatar
    I don't see the Netherlands- I don't see support for Dutch.
    When support for Dutch comes, you'll love it. Microsoft doesn't want to release a half-assed, incomplete Cortana. They want a functional one for every country. That's why Cortana isn't in the Netherlands. Just remember that at this point, Siri was only available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Austrailia and Japan. Cortana is already in 9 countries.
    Last edited by colinkiama; 02-21-2015 at 05:52 AM.
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    02-20-2015 07:36 PM
  17. a5cent's Avatar
    Just remember that at this point, Siri was only available in the US. And UK. Cortana is already in 9 countries.
    At least according to Wikipedia (source), Siri was rolled out to many countries, including Germany, France and the UK, on day one! I didn't live in any of those countries at the time, nor did I own an iPhone, so I'm just trusting Wikipedia on this one.

    One year later even little Switzerland had Apple's Siri. For Cortana we're coming up on that one year mark now...
    02-21-2015 12:32 AM
  18. colinkiama's Avatar
    At least according to Wikipedia (source), Siri was rolled out to many countries, including Germany, France and the UK, on day one! I didn't live in any of those countries at the time, nor did I own an iPhone, so I'm just trusting Wikipedia on this one.

    One year later even little Switzerland had Apple's Siri. For Cortana we're coming up on that one year mark now...
    And around that one year mark, windows 10 is nearby which probably means more language support for Cortana. And even though she was released in 7 countries, (at this point in time), siri could only use location features in the US, so stuff like searching for local businesses, directions in maps etc were not available in other countries. Yet the countries Cortana have been released for all have the location reminder feature that google now stole. And the features siri was missing. Obviously in alpha countries, certain things like directions by transit are missing but you are still able to use the maps feature with other ways of transport.
    02-21-2015 06:15 AM
  19. anon(8150199)'s Avatar
    My Italian ain't that great right now (in fact I'm just learning it for less than a month!), but I gotta say Italian Cortana just ain't close to the English one.

    Edit: The German one is even worse.
    Last edited by pookyjoralyn; 02-21-2015 at 07:25 AM.
    02-21-2015 06:59 AM
  20. a5cent's Avatar
    And around that one year mark, windows 10 is nearby which probably means more language support for Cortana.
    We don't need more language support. We just need Cortana to be available on anyone's device that uses one of the supported languages.
    Anyway, lets check back in two months. I'll be happily surprised if Cortana's rollout is anywhere near where Siri's was at that point.
    02-21-2015 08:04 AM
  21. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    I'm just waiting for Japanese support with Cortana. Doubt it'll ever come since they don't even sell Windows Phone in Japan (aside from Amazon JP, which are imported phones afaik), but who knows.
    a5cent and anon(8150199) like this.
    02-21-2015 08:16 AM
  22. Agluppos's Avatar
    **** Cortana, I only want Quiet hours to my Lumia. As I live in Finland, no chance. How stupid is that?!?!?
    02-22-2015 06:31 AM
  23. rhapdog's Avatar
    Why do you say Finland has no chance? Cortana is still in Beta, even in the US. Cortana won't get full translation into all languages and regions until she is out of Beta in at least one. It is much easier to add languages and regions to a program after a program has been completed than to add said languages and regions as you go in the programming process. Give it time. Cortana won't be beta forever. As Cortana seems to be fond of saying (at least to me), "I can't do that now. Check back after future updates." :)
    02-22-2015 11:56 AM
  24. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    When support for Dutch comes, you'll love it. Microsoft doesn't want to release a half-assed, incomplete Cortana. They want a functional one for every country. That's why Cortana isn't in the Netherlands. Just remember that at this point, Siri was only available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Austrailia and Japan. Cortana is already in 9 countries.
    True, But speech recognition has been outside of the Dutch development arena for a very long time now. In the Netherlands we didnt even have a Dutch language pack back with windows phone 7, evn though phones did offer tell me on the Dutch market, and was even advertised as a feature for the Dutch country variant.

    I'm worried that the Netherlands has been out of the speech language pack loop for so long, microsoft has zero feedback to build upon. This makes me sceptical if we're actually going to get "a complete bad-assed cortana" experience in due time.

    US, UK, France, Australia and Japan have in the in speech recognition cycle for many years now, and things have not changed much. Naturally these languages have the advantage of a finely polished speech recognition engine because the have years of data. I believe for the Netherlands they have zero. So by the time cortana is released, its only real valued and functional use will probably be in the realm of these countries. For the Netherlands I truly believe that it will only mean something and make the hype of its value significant enough if all countries are in the mix. Otherwse I truly believe that Cortana Dutch will only be a valued item and where people would actually go for an upgrade to windows 10 becuase of cortana at the end of it life cycle. And that will prbably also be the case for all the other languages currently not supported by cortana.

    So if cortana is the powerful feature that wil be known as windows 10, I don't see many Dutch people upgrading to windows 10 or wanting to buy a windows 10 oem pc. I think more people will go either for a windows 8 machine or that even more people will consider sticking to windows 7 and upgrading their hardware and save money for another time.
    03-04-2015 04:21 AM
  25. CGA111's Avatar
    I'm not happy about their negligence for small languages either. I had Swedish speech recognition three years ago on my old Xperia Ray, still nothing on WP.
    03-04-2015 05:47 AM

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