Microsoft showed off its virtual assistant called Cortana earlier this year when it unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Right now the feature is only limited to users in the U.S. Its present on phones that ship with Windows Phone 8.1 and those that have already received the WP8.1 update on their supported devices. The company has said multiple times that it will expand Cortana to other markets soon and a recent tweet from Microsoft’s Marcus Ash suggests that Cortana Developer Preview should be released for the UK sometime in the next two weeks.
Ash is the group program manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, in case you were wondering who he is. Replying to a query about Cortana on Twitter, he revealed that the release timeline in now down to less than two weeks for the developer preview, that his “barring an unforeseen issue.”
This means that Cortana Developer Preview release in the UK should take place in the aforementioned timeline provided that there are no last minute issues which force Microsoft to push it back.
Ash has previously said that Microsoft learned a lot about scaling when it was building Cortana and that the company is aware of the problems it might face when rolling out the personal assistant to additional markets. Microsoft’s aim is to do it right rather than push it out the door and keep fingers crossed, hoping that it all falls into place.