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Cortana to be available only in the U.S. at launch; a simple trick will allow her to work anywhere

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Cortana to be available only in the U.S. at launch; a simple trick will allow her to work anywhere
Microsoft's newly announced virtual personal assistant Cortana, will be sent out to Windows Phone owners once their handsets get updated to Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana will help you make a call, set an appointment, get directions, bring you stock quotes or sports scores, and more. And Cortana will also be integrated with third party apps.

Cortana will be exclusive to U.S. Windows Phone 8.1 owners as a beta until the second half of the year, when the feature will be available in the U.K. and in China. Other areas around the world will get Cortana in 2015. But if you don't live in the U.S., and really want the capabilities of a virtual personal assistant, there is a way to trick your Windows Phone 8.1 handset into thinking that your phone is in the U.S.

As you can see from the video below, it really is simple. Go to System, scroll down to region, and change it to the United States. Power off the phone, reboot, and Cortana will be there, ready to get to work. Obviously, this is not a permanent solution, and once you change the region setting back to your home country, you might lose Cortana. But there is no need to panic. Eventually, Microsoft will roll out the virtual personal assistant for every Windows Phone 8.1 model, including the entry-level Nokia Lumia 520.



source: WindowsPhoneLovers via NPU

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posted on 04 Apr 2014, 20:36 5

1. galanoth (Posts: 342; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Emma Stone.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 03:39

5. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


As Gwen Stacy

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 20:58 1

2. Johnnokia (Posts: 568; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Very annoying music

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 22:51 1

3. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This is great!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 23:37 2

4. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Why is it limited to the US? Is it because it only understands commands with american accent?

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 06:46

6. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Yes ...
they are working to add language support for more contries but its not done yet...

it has been talked about for a long time

http://www.neowin.net/news/cortana-digital-assistant-reportedly-launching-with-windows-phone-81-in-the-us

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 09:57 1

7. boblight (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Scarlett Johansson.

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