Cortana Reaches More Countries, Learns New Languages

Cortana Reaches More Countries, Learns New Languages

Cortana Reaches More Countries, Learns New Languages

Microsoft has rolled out its latest Windows 10 update to some of its Fast ring testers as part of its Windows Insider preview.

In today's preview build, users can also set simple reminders with Cortana, including events that don't have due dates.

Three new languages have been added to Cortana - Spanish for those in Mexico, Portuguese for Brazil, and French for Canada.

Gabriel Aul, engineering general manager for Microsoft's operating systems group, touted build 14279's improvements to Cortana, the operating system's digital assistant, in a post to a company blog Friday. "And in Mexico, we added local flavor to reflect the accent and language of the country". For example, she can save information like the name of a book you want to read. You can set specific details like a location, time, and people if you wish, so that Cortana will surface your to-do when it's most relevant. However, it is possible that later on an update will be introduced to give Cortana the ability to retrieve these reminders upon request, like a real personal assistant would normally do.

Cortana will also see a few fixes in this release.

We fixed an issue where items copied/moved to the desktop would not display until the desktop is manually refreshed by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing "Refresh" or pressing F5.

An issue where Cortana would continue to show reminders that have been completed.

An issue where downloading certain drivers from Windows Update was causing some PCs to bluescreen. The change isn't monumental, but allows the user to have the same custom background in both instances.

There were many rumors that have surfaced the internet in the past months, claiming that Microsoft is focusing on a new project, but now that we're advancing into 2016, we're coming across new rumors which say that the company is paying more attention to its surface division.

There is also an updated logon experience that combines the background for the Lock Screen and Logon Screen so that it is just one image.

For PC and Xbox One gamers, the beta version of the Xbox app for Windows 10 sports an updated "Featured" section and the addition of a Gamerscore Leaderboard.

The merging of the two backgrounds may be related to recent reports that Microsoft has started to show advertisements on the Windows 10 lock screen, a move that made good on talk from the company almost a year ago. Users can then enjoy an "interactive web-based experience" and add text, headers and captions to their photos to "create your own story".

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