How do I activate Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1?

Windows Phone 8.1 has been available since yesterday and even if the version currently offered by Microsoft is intended primarily for developers, it is perfectly possible to take advantage of it provided you follow a simple and fast procedure . Some of you may have taken the plunge. If this is your case, then the chances are good that you are currently looking for Microsoft's voice assistant, and therefore Cortana . Bad luck, the latter is currently only available in the United States. Or not for that matter, since it is perfectly possible to take advantage of it in Europe , and in France… The explanations are below.

First of all, know that this tip was sent to me by Lucas, a regular reader of the intactearnings. Unfortunately, I don't have a Windows Phone terminal at home, so I didn't have the opportunity to test it on my own. So, if you have any comments or feedback to share, well, you shouldn't deprive yourself of them.

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Activating Cortana in France is apparently possible.

Cortana, as everyone knows, is halfway between Siri and Google Now. It is therefore possible to interact with it by giving voice, but it can also send us back the information we need without having been solicited. Rather interesting, that's for sure, but there is still an ugly downside in the story. Currently, Cortana is only available in the United States, and it only understands English. And while the first limitation can apparently be circumvented, unfortunately the same cannot be said for the second. Moral, if you want to chat with the assistant, well you're going to have to get serious about English.

If you want to enable Cortana on your device in Windows Phone 8.1, just follow these steps:

  • Download and install Windows Phone 8.1 by following this tutorial.
  • Wait for the end of the procedure.
  • Go to the configuration parameters of your terminal.
  • Go to the section dedicated to the language and the region.
  • Change the language and select “English (United States)”.
  • Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
  • Go back to your terminal's configuration settings.
  • This time go to the section dedicated to voice options.
  • Change the language and select “English (United States)” if it is not already.
  • Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
  • Go back to your terminal's configuration settings.
  • This time go to the section dedicated to the region.
  • Change the region and select “French (France)”.
  • Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

There you go, the case is in the bag. From now on, you will be able to take advantage of Cortana and trim the fat with the assistant as you see fit, and provided you press the search key on your terminal. In addition, if all went well, you should see a new menu appear in the configuration settings of your terminal, a menu entirely dedicated to the wizard.

So, does it work or not?

Update: I just came across a tutorial published by Unleash the Phones . Do not hesitate to consult it for a little more information on the subject, especially since the article in question contains a demonstration video.

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