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Cortana to have a different voice actress on handsets in the UK

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Cortana to have a different voice actress on handsets in the UK
By now, it is a well known fact that Windows Phone's Cortana is not only named after the AI from Microsoft's Halo game series, but is also voiced by the same actress – Jen Taylor. Well, it appears this will only be true for users in the US. As Cortana's Developer Preview is about to cross the pond and arrive to phones in the UK, it has now been reported that she will arrive with a brand new british accent. This means no Jen Taylor.

This is bound to irk some fans, who have been expecting to hear the familiar voice that has graced the Halo games, as well as every Cortana preview we have been treated to so far. However, it would seem that Microsoft is much more interested in keeping its product on a highly professional level, by giving it the appropriate accent for the region, rather than keeping the ties between the game's protagonist and the personal assistant unsevered.

Still, here's hoping that sometime in the future, users would be able to pick their preferred voice pack.

Cortana to have a different voice actress on handsets in the UK

source: WinBeta via Neowin

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posted on 25 Jul 2014, 07:18

1. tech2 (Posts: 2180; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Dhait aynt a gued neuss !

Well as long as its Emilia Clarke..

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:32

2. Settings (Posts: 482; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Bloody hell!
Put something in class, like Julie Andrews?

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 09:10

3. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Hopefully there will be a language choice for those who want the original.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 09:36

4. gazmatic (Posts: 625; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


not a bad move but consumers want choice...

hopefully the option is there otherwise some tech reviewer woud consider it a "con"

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 10:37

5. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 298; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Cortana will have... Cortana will be able to... Cortana will sound like...

I hear a lot of talk about how great Cortana will be, but when are they going to stop talking about what it's going to be and actually ship the thing?

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 13:05

6. o7o (Posts: 59; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


Have you been living under a rock? It's already available in US! This is just UK and it's coming in a couple of weeks.

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