When Will Cortana Come To Ireland and Other Countries?

Every presentation I’ve seen on Windows 10 has spent half of the time talking about and demonstrating Cortana, Microsoft’s latest “The Curse of Zune” feature. Cortana, first introduced in Windows Phone, only works in a few countries. On Windows 10, as far as I know, it only works in the USA, and we can bet that won’t go beyond the “big market” countries any time soon.

How is Microsoft faring with voice control? This might give us a clue as to when to expect Cortana in other countries:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana was released in April 2, 2014, and is still restricted to Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States (10 countries). Microsoft has had 14 months to increase the number of countries, and failed.
  • Xbox One was released in November 2013. Voice commands are limited to USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia (10 countries). and  That was a whopping 20 months ago.

So, my bet is that Windows 10 Cortana won’t make it to Ireland and other similar countries in 2015, 2016, and probably not 2017. So here’s my advice: if you work for Microsoft, and you are going to demonstrate Windows 10 in Zune-cursed countries such as Ireland, don’t become guilty of “switch and bait” by demonstrating a feature that we cannot use here without screwing up our regional settings.

FYI, we have had Siri in Ireland since 2011 – just sayin’.

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3 Replies to “When Will Cortana Come To Ireland and Other Countries?”

  1. I fully agree, at least you’re in an English speaking country. I live in Sweden and I think we may have gotten Siri support just in the last year. I wouldn’t mind speaking English but they don’t allow that.
    I truly hate these voice recognition presentation from all the big ones because it’s not a feature I can use for at least a few years if ever.

  2. as an irish consumer of microsoft and windows 10 it is very frustrating
    that i cannot get cortana.I SPEAK ENGLISH AND LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE
    MICROSOFT HAS A LARGE FOOTPRINT.IN THE RUN UP TO WINDOWS 10 I DONT REMEMBER
    ANY MENTION OF CORTANA NOT BEING AVAILIBLE IN IRELAND[REPUBLIC].
    SORRY FOR THE GRIPE.
    GERRY.

  3. It’s February 2017. A year and a half after this was posted and Cortana is still a no-show. You were right when you said not to expect it in 2015 or 2016.

    And what about 2017? Will you be right about that too? Certainly there’s been no hint of a release date from MS. This is despite the recent campaign by Microsoft’s marketing department telling us all how powerful Cortana is, and how it’s becoming evermore central to the Windows experience.

    Which — for us here in Ireland — just makes Windows feel increasingly hobbled.

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