India and Japan to get Cortana in Windows 10 this summer

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

We’ve previously reported that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring a new version of Cortana. Now, the Times of India reports that India will be one of the few countries selected by Microsoft to test it.

This is an excellent piece of news since many users are looking forward to testing the improved version of Microsoft’s digital personal assistant. The tech giant already offered users a taste of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update at Build 2016 when CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated the many improvements that will be brought to Cortana. Among them, the Cortana Intelligence Suite and the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs focused on processing natural communication. Together, these two features should enhance Cortana’s performance even more and make the user-machine interaction more fluid.

Microsoft will deliver the new Cortana version to all the countries where the assistant is already available: the US, the UK, China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil. The novelty is that two new countries, India and Japan, have been selected for this roll out alongside China. India, China, and Japan are the most important countries to Microsoft according to Marcus Ash, Microsoft group program manager for Cortana — and the reason is pretty obvious. Given the population size of these two countries, the tech giant has a huge user pool that can thoroughly test its products.

This summer version of Cortana is in English but Microsoft is taking into consideration the possibility of adding more languages to the menu for the Indian release.

Microsoft has already rolled out a series of improvements for Cortana with its latest Windows 10 Build. Build 14316 brings:

  • low battery Cortana notifications so that you know when your Windows Phone needs charging
  • the ability to locate and ring your phone with Cortana which is very helpful if your phone gets stolen
  • the ability to share maps and routes between devices so that you don’t have to search for the same route twice.

READ ALSO: How to enable Cortana on Windows 10 Lock Screen in

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