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Cortana may support 15 languages at launch

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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

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posted on 22 Feb 2014, 17:16 4

1. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Nice way to hit the ground running.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 18:37 1

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

They should put Hindi.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:18 1

8. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

and arabic

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 02:12 1

9. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

And filipino

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 03:01 1

10. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

and bangla

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 07:18 3

11. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

and Klingon

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 17:22 2

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 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?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 17:39 2

3. ReaperChief (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Actually 10 languages with 8 dialects

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 17:39

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


posted on 22 Feb 2014, 17:57

5. papss (unregistered)

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

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:13

7. murali_v_2000 (Posts: 33; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

she looks like a zombie

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 20:30

12. CyberAngel (Posts: 50; Member since: 31 Jul 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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