Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has arrived in a few international markets. The virtual digital assistant is now landing in France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
Cortana can be accessed for those on the Windows Phone Developer Preview in France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The virtual assistant will be available in these new places as “alpha” which means that Cortana is new in these countries.
“Cortana will be available through the Windows Phone Developer Preview Program first because we need help from the community to use and speak to Cortana in order to improve the speech and language recognition models for each of the new languages. By working with her, you will help to improve her conversational understanding and also help us improve her intelligence – the breadth of answers she can provide and the categories she’s aware of – so she can truly help you throughout your day.”
posted Microsoft in a company blog.
The alpha version of the Cortana does not support flight tracking along with reference data like “How tall is the Everest?”. These and other features are already present on the beta version currently available in the US, UK and China. Microsoft also stated that it is working on making Cortana more accustomed to each city and get a personality in order to make her more locally and culturally relevant. Finally, Cortana will also show European football league data, including Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and La Liga.