The Cortana personal digital assistant will soon be available for users in the UK.
Microsoft released the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers along with several notable features such as Cortana, Action Center and the Word Flow Keyboard on 14 April. But the Cortana as a beta version is currently available for users in the US alone.
Microsoft's limitation does not restrict users who stay outside the US from accessing Cortana. There is a workaround available that requires an alteration in the region and language settings, through which users staying outside the US can enjoy Cortana.
Recently Microsoft's Joe Belfiore in an Ask Me Anything session at Reddit confirmed that the company will be launching the Cortana version 1 in the UK and China, with no word on the particular date for availability.
Cortana in other countries: We're definitely working to bring Cortana to other countries. She tells us she'd like to travel. We've already announced that when we launch V1 after Beta, we'll be in China and the UK as well as the US. We're also hoping to get other english-speaking countries (eg. Canada, Australia) out relatively quickly as well. The challenge in doing this is we want the Cortana experience to be EXCELLENT for everyone -– and this involves not ONLY delivering great voice recognition for all the different languages, but also making sure that we have a great regional experience with local content so she doesn't feel like an American!
Now Windows Phone UK Twitter has posted an image of Cortana on a Nokia smartphone with a note saying 'Soon'. This indicates Cortana will be arriving in the UK soon but there is no word about how soon the personal assistant will be available.
According to WPCentral the Windows Phone 8.1 featuring Cortana will be officially released soon. At present, users can experience the latest iteration to the Windows Phone operating system through Nokia Lumia 630 smartphone only.
It is available for pre-order in the UK at Carphone Warehouse on contract with a number of network operators. Head over here, all those who wish to pre-order Lumia 630 at Carphone Warehouse.