Windows 10: Cortana in non-English contries gone? For good??

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  1.    25 May 2015 #1

    Cortana in non-English contries gone? For good??


    Greetings. In my contry (Denmark) we has been told by Microsoft, that we will NOT be getting Cortana in Windows 10, not now and not when Windows 10 is launched! The reason is, MS says, that BING is in "Beta-mode" in our part of the world, and therefore we will not get Cortana in Danish nor in English. Read more here (it is in Danish, but google translate might help you) http://www.computerworld.dk/art/2339...foerste-omgang

    That made me thinking, what about other parts of the world? Is it only here we need to miss Cortana? We still have to pay full price for windows 10, but it seems like we are not getting a full product .

    Windows 10 Preview is not in my language either, so I have been using the English version, hoping that the translation will be better this time than when Windows 8 came out .
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  2.    25 May 2015 #2

    According to Windows Central, Microsoft is working on expanding Cortana to other regions and languages. No word on what regions or languages that may be.

    The Cortana team takes your questions about going international | Windows Central
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  3.    26 May 2015 #3

    fracking4oil said: View Post
    According to Windows Central, Microsoft is working on expanding Cortana to other regions and languages. No word on what regions or languages that may be.

    The Cortana team takes your questions about going international | Windows Central

    As I read your link, it is about Windows 10 Phone, and I am writing about Windows 10 (Pro) OS for computers. So I still don't have an answer for _if_ we ever will get Cortana on our PC's, allthough we pay the full price for a Windows 10 licence. I know it is free for the first year, but after that, we must pay.
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  4.    27 May 2015 #4

    I would also very much like to have Cortana on my desktop in Czech Republic - but you don't have to pay, you choose to pay and the license is not just for Cortana. And MS keeps telling you that Cortana may not be available in your region. Or mine. Still, I have more faith in Cortana comming to Czech republic before my retirement, more faith than in Siri...
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       27 May 2015 #5

    Frankly you are probably better off without it. I suspect once the novelty wears off most people will uninstall it and it will become the "modern clippy".
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       27 May 2015 #6

    Indianatone said: View Post
    Frankly you are probably better off without it. I suspect once the novelty wears off most people will uninstall it and it will become the "modern clippy".
    I could be one of them people...

    I just don't have the patience for it to learn my voice. Windows has had the technology in windows quite a while now, with Speech Recognition. I've tried setting it up a few times before, but after a couple of hours, got frustrated and then bored, then said "Hell I don't need this!!! My fingers work just fine."
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  7.    27 May 2015 #7

    For clarification, This is an edited English version of the statement. I have omitted a couple of words and phrases, but they are not relevant. Please note that the author is a magazine employee, and not working for Microsoft. Apart from the generalised MS comments that other languages are being developed, I have not read anything to the contrary from MS Denmark.

    "Cortana is a digital assistant that you can both write and speak and who can perform tasks for you such as writing a message through a specific app, make a calendar appointment with an attached note.

    But even if Denmark, which is the most Microsoft-penetrated country in the world in relation to population, it will not be immediately available.
    It will be available, at present, only to a limited number of markets, mostly English-speaking.
    Lack of fully developed Danish Bing is the problem, Cortana's search capabilities based on Microsoft's own search engine.

    Bing is still in a beta version in Denmark. In countries like England, Germany and the United States Bing is much better, which is probably also the reason that Bing has a market share of 20 percent in their home country, says Martin Thorning Hansen, division manager for Windows in Denmark for Computerworld.
    He further explains that there is still no information on when a possible Danish version of Cortana could take place. If you really want to talk to your computer - or your Windows Phone, you can do this in the settings. Change your region to the United States instead of Denmark. This will also means that your results will come
    from the US Bing and App-store, and similar, which can spoil the Danish apps such as online banking and so on"
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  8. Posts : 14,928
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       27 May 2015 #8

    That's probably also, why, in the English settings for Cortana, there is a switch to set, if English is not your mother language.
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  9.    27 May 2015 #9

    I don't hold out a great deal of hope for its perfection.
    Dragon has been around since dos. I tried the windows version on, I think Windows 95 and later on Windows 98. It was fun, but a long way from perfect. After all these years, if they haven't got any further, it spells it out. Star trek got it better lol
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       27 May 2015 #10

    davehc said: View Post
    I don't hold out a great deal of hope for its perfection.
    Dragon has been around since dos. I tried the windows version on, I think Windows 95 and later on Windows 98. It was fun, but a long way from perfect. After all these years, if they haven't got any further, it spells it out. Star trek got it better lol
    Off topic post,

    Did you know that was Gene Roddenberry wife that did the voice of the computer?

    I think she did the voice of the computer in most the star trek tv shows and made a guest appearance in some of them.
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