G’day! Cortana adds Aussie accent to Windows 10 voice assistant

Angus Kidman 2 September 2015

Microsoft's latest OS can now deal with the Australian vernacular. Grouse.

Cortana, Microsoft's Siri-like voice assistant, doesn't hate koalas and Vegemite any longer.

Microsoft has added Cortana support for a number of countries to Windows 10. As well as Australia, Canada and Japan also get the nod at this time.

Initially, Cortana will only be available to people signed up to the Windows Insider program, which allows testing of pre-release versions of the software. If you're not already a member, you can sign up here.

Cortana lets you use your voice both to ask your computer for general information and to perform tasks on your computer. For instance, you can launch Windows Update and Excel using the command "Hey Cortana" followed by what you want to do. If it can't deal with the phrase "Where's the best place to get a flat white?", we imagine much complaining will ensue down under.

No word yet on when Cortana will be made available generally for Australian customers via Windows Update, though early 2016 seems likely. If you're not up to speed on all the intricacies of Windows 10, check out our coverage below.

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2 Responses to G’day! Cortana adds Aussie accent to Windows 10 voice assistant

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    Drgigi | September 16, 2016

    How do I activate Cortana?

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      Brodie | September 19, 2016

      Hi Drgigi,

      Open the Notebook in the menu (three horizontal lines) to the left of Cortana’s search bar. From there, click Settings and turn on Let Cortana respond to “Hey Cortana”.


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