The announcement of Cortana as a digital assistant feature for Windows Phone 8.1 a few weeks got a ton of attention, but at the moment it's only available for U.S users of the Developer Preview. In today's Reddit AMA session, Microsoft's Windows Phone leader Joe Belfiore offered some updates on Cortana's future plans.
In one post, Belfiore said that Cortana told the team that "she'd like to travel" and added that they are "hoping to get other English-speaking countries (eg. Canada, Australia) out relatively quickly". Microsoft will offer Cortana in China and the UK for "V1 after Beta." He added:
In the meantime, we're thrilled that people are trying it out in other countries and we use that data to train the system. It's helpful to get accents and hear other queries, and we can detect WHERE these are coming from to help improve the experience later.
Microsoft has also launched a Cortana feedback website so that users can provide their own suggestions on how the company can add and improve their new digital assistant.
When asked if Cortana would be released for the PC platform, Belfiore said, "Nothing specific to announce, but Cortana herself is always telling us she's a fan of PCs herself. :)"
Source: Reddit | Image via Microsoft