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Cortana for Windows Phone looks set to support 15 languages at launch

With all the information being revealed by the recently leaked Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, we're starting to get a much better idea of how the updated mobile OS will look when it launches in a couple of months. We got a hint, for example, of some of the capabilities of the new Cortana voice control experience that will feature in Windows Phone 8.1, thanks to icons extracted from the SDK

It was suggested last year that Cortana would launch in the United States first, with English language support only, with other regions having to wait for the feature to eventually become available. However, according to a leak posted on Polish site WPworld.pl, Cortana will support fifteen languages and regional variations at launch: 

  • Chinese - China
  • Chinese - Hong Kong
  • Chinese - Taiwan
  • English - UK
  • English - US
  • English - India
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese - Brazil
  • Russian
  • Spanish - Spain
  • Spanish - Mexico

The same report claims - after having tested the Polish language pack - that each of these variants includes complete support for all commands, apparently indicating that each of these fifteen languages/regions will include a full range of Cortana features at launch. 

Of course, all of this stuff remains somewhat ambiguous, and will continue to be until Microsoft finally announces Windows Phone 8.1 at its BUILD conference in April - but we'll be still be hoping to gain a few more insights through leaks and revelations before then. 

Source: WPWorld.pl via WMPowerUser | image via Microsoft

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