Xbox head Spencer Talks English Cortana In Non-English Dash; Says Headset Support Makes Sense

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Posted Oct 19, 2015
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According Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, headset support for Microsoft’s personal voice assistant Cortana, makes sense. The head of the Xbox gaming division also shared Microsoft will be looking at offering support for an English talking Cortana in countries where Cortana isn’t supported yet.

Development on ‘Cortana’ started back in 2009. Microsoft announced the availability of Cortana for Windows 10 back in January of this year. During their E3 press conference this year, Microsoft announced that ‘Cortana’ would also come to the Xbox One through the Windows 10 Update for the console. Last week we posted on how Cortana already seemed to be operational within the New Xbox Experience.

Possible English Cortana in Non-English Countries

At the moment of writing, ‘Cortana’ is only available in the following regions/countries: China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. Cortana is available in these languages: Chinese (Simplified), English (U.K.), English (U.S.), French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

For those living in countries that don’t support Cortana yet, there might be hope. Answering a question on Twitter, Phil Spencer replied that Microsoft will be looking into offering English support in Non-Cortana countries.

Spencer adds that full Cortana support is obviously better, but an English speaking Cortana in countries that don’t support the voice assistant yet, is an interesting approach.

Cortana headset support “makes sense”

Aside from language support, headset support for ‘Cortana’ is a feature that has been highly demanded. Although Microsoft previously stated that the Kinect would be required to operate Cortana, it seems that players will be able to operate Cortana through as headset as well. In a recent interview with Polygon, Microsoft’s marketing chief Mike Nichols, confirmed that players will be able to use Cortana with a headset and microphone or by typing out a search.

Interestingly enough, Xbox head Phil Spencer tweeted that the headset support hasn’t been officially announced yet. The feature does make sense though, according Spencer.

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