Cortana to land in China next week with a new name for the region?

Cortana to land in China next week with a new name for the region?
Out of China comes word on Wednesday, that the Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant Cortana will be coming to the country next week. Right now, only those Windows Phone 8.1 units in the U.S. have access to the service. Microsoft is planning on making this a big deal, with invitations being sent out for an event in the country, scheduled for July 30th. Considering that the invitation features the image of a Windows Phone with the Cortana logo on the "screen," we'd say that the odds favor that Cortana will be making the move to China at the end of this month.

There is speculation that in China, Cortana will be going by a different name, more suitable for the Chinese market. "Huna," supposedly will be the name of Windows Phone 8.1's virtual assistant in the region. We don't expect any change to Cortana's name in the U.K., where the personal assistant is also believed to be rolling out to Windows Phone 8.1 users next week. Other areas around the globe will be receiving the Cortana service some time in 2015.

You can check out the invitations that Microsoft has sent out to commemorate Cortana's Huna's official arrival in China, by clicking on the slideshow, below.


source: ZOL (translated) via WMPoweruser

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7 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Huna good name.

2. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Hello there, Huna.

3. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Should be a good starting point for endless confusion; why on earth would they change the name...?

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Huna is the mandarin translation of Cortana.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Next should be India then IMO.

5. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

I hope they don't change the name when they release it in India... Unless of course it's in remembrance of the "ASHA" OS platform that MS is gonna kill soon.... Nah, still would be pretty corny. Cortana! Cortana! "Asha, gaana bajaao" *YO YO HORNY SINGH plays* FAIL!

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Honey Singh is the biggest moron on this planet! Hate him and his music err... garbage.

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