Cortana coming to Windows Phone 8.1 in the UK this month

The first handset designed for Windows Phone 8.1, the Lumia 630, is now available in the UK (along with plenty of other markets around the world), and will be joined by the Lumia 930 in the next few weeks. But one of the most exciting features of the updated OS – the Cortana digital assistant – remains officially unavailable in the UK, with support remaining exclusive to the US for now.

But that will soon change. Two weeks ago, a tweet from Microsoft UK hinted that Cortana would be available there “soon”. Today, a video from British retailer Carphone Warehouse on the Lumia 630, spotted by MyNokiaBlog, stated that Cortana’s “UK version that understands our accents is coming very soon”.


We have been able to confirm this through a source at Microsoft, who did not wish to be named, but who told Neowin that Cortana support will in fact be launching in the UK "this month", although an exact date was not provided. This may coincide with the start of the planned rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 to existing devices released with WP8.

In addition to speech recognition that can deal with the wide range of accents to be found across the British Isles, Cortana is also expected to offer more localised support through its ‘notebook’, which tracks interests and settings relevant to the user.

Alongside China, the UK is one of two additional markets that Microsoft has confirmed will get Cortana support this year, although that list is expected to grow considerably in 2015. 

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Shadowzz said,
and french

Thanks for the reminder, I always forget about the french.

Guess I'll be waiting even longer.

Damn country having two official languages.

8.1 can't come soon enough.

Hm, it would be fun if we could get foreign Cortana interfaces in any country. Languages can be used in other countries, right?

The word "soon" usually means somewhere between 6 and 12 months in the WP universe, so dont hold your breath.

soder said,
The word "soon" usually means somewhere between 6 and 12 months in the WP universe, so dont hold your breath.

and the words "this month" usually means somewhere between 1 and 1 month.

Steven P. said,
Wonder if it'll have a "Time for a cuppa (insert name here)!" alarm :p

why would you need an alarm for that? There's always time for a cuppa!

mulligan2k said,

why would you need an alarm for that? There's always time for a cuppa!

I somewhat often keep forgetting to finish making my cuppa, so this would be fantastic. If you let it "brew" for a while to save jiggling the bag, this would be very handy. :p

-adrian- said,
True.. but hey.. they didn't even need to change the language :o
Supporting another accent can be harder than supporting a complet different language.

-adrian- said,
True.. but hey.. they didn't even need to change the language :o

Actually they did, why would I want US spellings when I'm in the UK. Not only that but they would also have to localise it for the UK as well.

-adrian- said,
True.. but hey.. they didn't even need to change the language :o

Yeah they did. This is proper English, not that bastardised version.

Quikboy said,
All English is bastardized. :)

I'll correct that for you, All English other than British English is a bastardised version!!!

-adrian- said,
Cant wait.. Hate Fahrenheit for Temperature :p

Just ask "How about in Celsius?" to Cortana and she'll convert it for you :p

just if she understands me and it doesn't show it on the live tile and I don't want to ask for it every single time. maybe she could remember to give me the temp in C when I say. "Always provide/convert the temperature/weather in C"