Cortana lands in the UK with Windows Phone 8.1 update. Finally!

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Microsoft has rolled out the developer preview of Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 update, which brings with it some amazing features including Cortana, Live Folders, Xbox Music, SMS merge and forward, among others. Cortana is now available in the UK, China, Canada, India and Australia.

Elaborating on the update and its features, Microsoft notes, “We have been thrilled by the excitement around Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. And we’re excited to make her available for people in China and the UK with this update as a “beta” and in Canada, India, and Australia as an “alpha”.

The digital assistant will be known as ‘Xiao Na’ in China. As far as UK is concerned, Cortana has been tuned to understand and support UK spellings and pronunciations. Cortana in UK, like in the US, will also provide local data on sports, the London Stock Exchange, commuter conditions, and a lot more and all these information will be backed by Bing

“The voice and accent is, of course, local, and Cortana’s personality in the UK has also been tweaked to be more locally relevant”, notes Microsoft.

Windows Phone 8.1 update also brings with it Live Folders allowing users to organise apps on start screen into folders as per their preferences. To organise apps into folders, all you need to do is drag a tile over another tile and name the folder.

The update also brings with it the ability to select multiple SMS for deletion and forwarding easing out SMS management tasks.

Some of the other features of the update include Store Live Tile, Apps Corner, enhanced security and privacy. You can find out more about the update here.