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How to enable Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1

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How to enable Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1

As Apple and Google had formes the dualistic monopoly in the field of mobile voice-recognizing personal assistants for quite a long time with their Siri and Google Now, it was just a matter of time before the third largest player on the market – Microsoft – intervened. Along with the coveted Windows Phone 8.1 update, Redmond unleashed Cortana, its homemade voice assistant.

Windows Phone 8.1 has been out for quite some time, and Cortana has materialized on most compatible devices. Even so, it was initially only available in the USA, but a certain workaround existed that allowed any WP 8.1 user to interact with the Halo-inspired smartphone concierge. As time went by, Redmond gradually expanded Cortana's availability to the UK and China as a beta, as well as in Canada, India, and Australia as an early alpha version. The overall IQ of the voice assistant might soon become even higher, as it is about to score some neat deep-learning and object recognition abilities. Just like a sci-fi movie, isn't it?

Okay, all good, but how does one turn Cortana on? If you have been using Windows Phone then you've probably needed less than a few moments to delve into the settings of your phone and spot the option that enables Microsoft's voice assistant. However, if you are a newly-fledged Windows Phone user then you'd probably need someone to show you the ropes around, as getting used to a new platform might turn out to be quite frustrating for some.

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posted on 28 Aug 2014, 05:29 1

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2581; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Similar article was already posted before.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 06:22

2. the_best (Posts: 134; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


doesnt work here in sweden....

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 06:30

3. tigermcm (Posts: 709; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


0_o ummmmm correct me if im wrong if you have wp8.1 and Cortana is supported in your region doesnt the tile pop up when you first stat the phone? are ppl really that......special we needed this article?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:19

4. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 303; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


It's (awkwardly) meant for those of us living in regions that are NOT supported Cortana-wise...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:20

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Not really that bad, but there is folks here that may not know how to turn Cortana on, err lol, to be able to enjoy her services, err to talk the AI.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:21

6. julian6.0 (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)


Im in Colombia doesn't work neither I've been having my phone on the united states region since before the update to get all the apps like pandora but that wont work either it downloads but says its not available yet for my country.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 05:21

7. colinkiama (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


Tou have to change the phone language and region to US. You also have to download a voice language pack for US. Then it will work.

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