Cortana virtual assistant coming to US Windows Phones early 2014, Europe and Asia later on


The upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update is seeing its fair share of leaks as its launch nears, and the latest water in the rumor mill gets added by a new leakster, Xeŕo, who spilled some more of the inside info on Twitter.

First off, there is a picture of the new status icons, which confirm what was leaked before from Joe Belfiore. Second, the Cortana virtual butler that will no doubt leverage Microsoft's stellar voice recognition capacity that's been gathering dust in the R&D labs, will not appear until early 2014. 


That's in the US, but if you live in Europe and Asia, you'll have to wait until later into next year to get Cortana speaking in your native language - 44 of them, to be exact, the amount that Bing flaunts at the moment.

source: Xero (Twitter) via MyNokiaBlog

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15 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It should come early everywhere if it supports English US. Just do it MS.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Windows phone 8.1 seems like a beautiful package... Things will get better in 2014 now it'll be fight against ios7 vs android 4.4 vs wp 8.1. and cortana sound pretty cool

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Hope it speaks Persian...

4. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Speak Persian? You mean Farsi? I've never heard of a language called Persian.

7. Naruto_Uzumaki

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

In fact, Persian is correct en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_language

11. GamePlayer

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Farsi and Persian are the same thing.

5. DOODpls

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I wish, they release the english version of it worldwide, then update it later on with other language

6. Alexander_K

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Well, Bing Translator supports Persian, so it should included. I'm from Bulgaria and as you might expect my language is not the most popular in the world, but if they make Cortana support all 44+ languages that Bing Translator does, it will be something never done before. Here in the Balkans we get excluded from every kind of sensible support (the updates come here last), we don't have Microsoft Stores or Nokia Care, so it would nice for once to do something good for the little guys.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nicee... keeps on getting better :-)

9. ilia1986 unregistered

That one time I'm jealous of a rival OS.. Oh well. I expect Google to have an actual assistant as well soon. In all Languages. Voiced by Jarvis. Yeah! :D

10. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I hope it will support Austrian, Brazilian and Canadian languages..:-)))

12. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Will this have support for canadian, american, british and australian languages? :P

13. Sauce unregistered

I'm unfamiliar with her, but from the thumbnail, she looks like Olivia Wilde. Olivia Wilde is hot.

14. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

She's intelligent character in the Halo video game series

15. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

If it's not the original Halo voice actor, then it's a total bust for me

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