Windows 10 Cortana Only Works If You’re American?

The launch of the much-anticipated operating system from Microsoft occurred at midnight two days ago. I installed it onto my laptop yesterday and so far, I have to be honest, I’m not overly keen. The OS seems much slower to boot and load applications than previous editions including Windows 8.1 but does admittedly look quite sleek with some nice new, major features.

One of these major features is Cortana which made its debut on Windows Phone devices a year or so ago. The personal assistant is a contender in the battle against Google Now and Siri – two very good voice recognition pieces of software for both Android and iOS respectively.

This time Microsoft have released Cortana as part of their full operating system for desktop and laptop devices, and you are able to start it by simply saying “Hey Cortana” or by typing in the search bar on the left-hand side of the taskbar.

The pop up is again, black and sleek-looking with very simple icons along the left-hand side:

When it works, Cortana asks a few set-up questions and then you’re good to ask her pretty much anything. However there is a catch. On our own Windows devices we cannot seem to enable the virtual assistant. Whenever we attempt to enable Cortana we get the following error:

When we checked out our regional and language settings, they were all set to English (UK), you would think this is fine but from our own experience and after reading several Reddit comments we have found out that Cortana will only function if your device is configured in American language format.

To prove changing language to American works, here is our Time and Language screen in Windows 10 after we make some changes to English (United States):

See how it is set to English (Unites States)? Well, let’s try a command to Cortana:

Ok, so now it works – well, it does but all of the units are in Fahrenheit – not much good for us UK residents and others around the world! However you can ask “Whats the weather in celsius?” to combat this issue.

Amusingly, Microsoft made the same blunder with their release of Windows Phone a year or so ago. To use Cortana you would have to change your language and settings to United States to get her to function. This restriction was lifted a few months after the launch though, so there is hope for Cortana yet.

Microsoft have said that they are aware of the issue and it is affecting a lot of people that are now using the brand new OS. They are currently working on a patch that will be released via a system update. So make sure that you keep installing any windows updates that become available for your device, as it may fix Cortana!

However for those who are eager, you can manually change your country and region settings so you can use Cortana. To do this use the following:

  • Open the Start Menu by pressing the icon or the Windows key on your keyboard
  • Type “Settings” into the search bar
  • Click the icon that says “PC Settings”
  • This will the load up another window, here click “Time & Language”
  • On the left-hand side of this window, select “Region & Language”
  • Change the setting from United Kingdom to United States
  • Then change to the Speech tab on the left hand side
  • Change this to English (United States) 
  • Go back to the Region and Language menu on the left-hand side
  • Where it says “Will be displayed language after next sign in” Click here
  • Then select options
  • At the bottom change the keyboard back to United Kingdom
  • Done! You may need to reboot for the change to take effect

We’re currently getting mixed reports on this, with some stating that it’s working fine from the UK and other countries, so please let us know where you are from and if it’s working fine for you.

Of course, we accept no responsibility by you altering your regional settings, but we can’t see any disadvantages of doing this, but for us it is simply an annoyance that should just work, but at least Microsoft are aware and this should be rectified soon, we hope.

Oxford Dictionary Adds Douchbaggery, Adorbs & Many More to Its Collection

The Oxford English Dictionary has done well to avoid many of the new words that litter our vocabulary these days, but as our language is ever evolving and changing, so as the terms that need to be recorded for future generations. Of course even I will admit that some of these words would do well to be left out of the history books, but people were likely saying the same thing a hundred years ago about words we commonly use today.

Oxford Dictionaries has announced that you will now be able to find words like audible sigh, side boob, baller, hate-watch, adorbs, amazeballs, mansplain, humblebrag, douchbaggery, clickbait and more in their online records. Not only that but a few acronyms have been added, handy for all those times you can’t recall what YOLO, ICYMI and WDYT stand for, right?

Lets be honest though, even if it is only ironically, most of you have likely used one or more of these words in conversation at some point in the last couple of years, am I right? Or should that be ammarite?! I can’t keep up with the evolving language sometimes.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

American eTeknix News Writers Wanted

eTeknix are expanding at an even faster rate than before, and are having to increase our team even further due to the larger amounts of traffic, and the rate of content that we need to produce. We are looking for writers to keep our established site and readers up to date with the latest content from across the world.

Technology news writers are required to keep content flowing on eTeknix in a variety of areas including computers, media, consumer technology, mobile, communication, gaming, esports and much more. You will be responsible for researching and writing news articles that you believe will appeal to our readers. Each article will have to include high resolution images and will have to be factual and concise. We aim for articles to be of at least 350 words and to be of grammatical English with correct spelling and punctuation. The right candidate will be looking to create at least 5 articles a day, 7 days a week.

Examples of articles can be found here:

Skills required

  • English as first language
  • Good English skills (grammar, punctuation, spelling)
  • Experience with basic image editing software is desirable
  • Able to proofread your own work
  • A quick grasp of content management systems
  • Based in America (Ideally New York City) as you will be required to attend events
  • Previous news writing experience would be a bonus

While this job is not full-time, it’s up to the right candidates to be self-motivated and willing to work for the results. Simply put, the more you put in, the more you will take away

If you believe that this job role sounds right for you, then please send over a CV/Resume and any examples of your work to jobs@eteknix.com

This job vacancy is ongoing until the right candidates are found, but as eTeknix continues to grow, our team will grow too.