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Topic # 157681 9-Dec-2014 14:25
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Can anyone from Microsoft confirm if Cortana will be available in this country any time soon. I want to try it once I get my phone on Xmas day, but don't want to have to keep switching regions back and forward in the phone.


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  Reply # 1192293 9-Dec-2014 16:16
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Not before Xmas!



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  Reply # 1192294 9-Dec-2014 16:21
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nathan: Not before Xmas!

 

Didn't mean by Xmas, but sometime in the next couple of months or so. NZ tends to be forgotten about when it comes to things like this from Microsoft.
Even advertising for the new phones, haven't seen any on TV, but have seen Huawei and of course Apple.

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  Reply # 1192320 9-Dec-2014 17:21
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We need Bing working fully in NZ for Cortana to function as you want.

Its been worked on. I cant disclose the dates sorry, but we know how important this is.

And more important in 2015 with Windows 10 launching

TV ads are expensive, very expensive. We've had Telecom and JB/Harvey ads advertising Lumia handsets on special previously this year and last.

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  Reply # 1192430 9-Dec-2014 22:17
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nathan: We need Bing working fully in NZ for Cortana to function as you want.

Its been worked on. I cant disclose the dates sorry, but we know how important this is.


Reassure away, but Bing NZ has stood absolutely still for years now. It's extremely hard to stay in the habit of using Bing based on nothing more than a hope of nirvana at some unclear future date.




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  Reply # 1194930 10-Dec-2014 14:52
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I really need Cortana to remind me when to take the bins out.

Keep forgetting and the gf only reminds me once I am about to nod off at night.   =/



Help me Cortana... you are my only hope.




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  Reply # 1194943 10-Dec-2014 15:10
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I have my phone set to US so that I can use Quiet Time, which requires Cortana. Cortana is pretty good at giving you local weather, but if you say "Cortana what's the current weather" you get the temperature in Fahrenheit. You have to say "Cortana what's the current weather in Celsius" - there is no C/F settings anywhere, and it assumes F because the handset is set to USA.

Also none of my incoming calls show a contact, I suspect because the phone is set to USA and the phone number format doesn't match, or something.

In other words, you can use Cortana here but with caveats such as the above. I still find myself reaching for the Google app for searches :(






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  Reply # 1194960 10-Dec-2014 15:21
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I have Cortana and CallerID working fine on my 930 (and 1520 and 1020).
I have my language set to US, Country set to US (but regional format set to English NZ) and International Assist off - never had a problem.

@Freitasm - is your phone running an Australian firmware? I've found that to be the problem with CallerID working on a few different parallel imported phones - flashing it to NZ (or Malaysian, Cambodian - anything but Australian) seems to resolve it



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  Reply # 1195257 10-Dec-2014 21:39
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Re the caller ID issue, this is something that is rectified when we build an NZ variant. Globally, very few countries use 9 digit phone numbers and as such the default in the OS in 10 digits, this is where the lack of caller ID working as expected occurs.

Hong Kong, Great Britain and NZ firmware will resolve this. Or save the number as both +64..... and 021.....

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  Reply # 1198505 16-Dec-2014 16:46
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semigeek: Can anyone from Microsoft confirm if Cortana will be available in this country any time soon. I want to try it once I get my phone on Xmas day, but don't want to have to keep switching regions back and forward in the phone.



Im looking forward to trying out Cortana as well, I have 2 windows phones, and I really really really want Cortana, but when I have changed it to the US, still doesn't want to work for me.

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Kiwiprobie:
semigeek: Can anyone from Microsoft confirm if Cortana will be available in this country any time soon. I want to try it once I get my phone on Xmas day, but don't want to have to keep switching regions back and forward in the phone.



Im looking forward to trying out Cortana as well, I have 2 windows phones, and I really really really want Cortana, but when I have changed it to the US, still doesn't want to work for me.

you probably didn't change language as well

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  Reply # 1198539 16-Dec-2014 17:26
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compost:
nathan: We need Bing working fully in NZ for Cortana to function as you want.

Its been worked on. I cant disclose the dates sorry, but we know how important this is.


Reassure away, but Bing NZ has stood absolutely still for years now. It's extremely hard to stay in the habit of using Bing based on nothing more than a hope of nirvana at some unclear future date.


bing works great when you set the country to US

NZ is in beta

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  Reply # 1198570 16-Dec-2014 18:37
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nathan:

you probably didn't change language as well


Actually I did.

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  Reply # 1198583 16-Dec-2014 18:47
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Kiwiprobie:
nathan:

you probably didn't change language as well


Actually I did.


change the language settings to English (United States)

Settings > Region "country/region" is  United States and "regional format" matches phone language



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2016 and still no Cortana. Last update from July does not give any ETA.
Does anyone have any info?



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