Cortana may support 15 languages at launch

Cortana may support 15 languages at launch
We've been getting quite a bit of information over the past few days when it comes to what we should expect with the Cortana virtual assistant/voice command system in Windows Phone 8.1. We have finally gotten a solid overview of how Cortana will be integrated into the system and what it should do; and, we have gotten a general idea of the questions/voice commands it will understand. Now, we're getting info on the languages it will understand at launch.

This time around, the information is being pulled from the Windows Phone 8.1 emulator. It seems that the emulator has a number of language pack files in it for Cortana. In total, there are 15 languages/regional language variations that could be supported by Cortana at launch. The language packs found in the emulator include: German, English (UK, US, and India), Spanish (Spain and Mexico), French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese (Cantonese, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). 

It has been confirmed that at least the Polish language pack includes the same voice commands available in English, so it could well be that each language will have the full range of voice command options without limitations. However, there have also been reports that the language packs for non-English languages don't include the same files, which means Cortana could be English-only at launch.

source: WMPU



1. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Nice way to hit the ground running.

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

They should put Hindi.

8. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

and arabic

9. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

And filipino

10. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

and bangla

11. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

and Klingon

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not bad..... Did you guys hear that we may be able to name "Cortana" what we want, and have her/him/it call us what we want?

3. ReaperChief

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Actually 10 languages with 8 dialects

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


5. papss unregistered

I hope the responses are fairly natural. Also I hope its as good as I'm wanting it to be :-)

7. murali_v_2000

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

she looks like a zombie

12. CyberAngel

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Finnish is a very natural choice for Nokia phones Even after the sales go through it's still the Finnish engineers behind Lumia

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