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Microsoft to bring Cortana digital assistant to India with Windows Phone 8.1 update

Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant “Cortana” will be available in India, China, UK, Canada and Australia through the first update to Windows phone 8.1 platform, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and manager for Windows Phone Joe Belfiore announced on the Windows Phone blog. The update will roll out in Developer Preview next week. The “beta” version of Cortana will be made available to users in China and UK with the update, while users in India, Canada and Australia will have to be content with an "alpha" version for the time being. Belfiore mentions that the update will have a number of customised features for Chinese users, and few for users in the UK. Since the Indian users will get the “alpha” update they have to opt-in and select either the US or the UK version of Cortana. This basically means that Indian users won't get any localised features at present. Custom features: The Cortana interface and experience has been heavily localised by Microsoft for China and to a certain extent for the UK. For instance, the Chinese edition will sport a custom visual appearance, as well as tweaked animations and sounds. A small yellow bouncing character with eyes will be the face of Cortana in China. This feature won't be available in any other country. The update will include localised information such as the air quality information and local TV show results for Chinese users, and EPL scores, London Stock Exchange information, etc for the UK users. Plus, the UK and the Chinese versions…

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