Microsoft unveiled Home windows Telephone eight.1 at Construct 2014 earlier this month. The replace was met with loads of pleasure from the Home windows group, and one of many most important causes for that was as a result of the replace options Cortana – Microsoft’s reply to Google Now and Siri.
All customers of Home windows Telephone eight.zero will have the ability to improve to Home windows Telephone eight.1 when it’s launched to the general public later this autumn. However for now builders can obtain the developer preview of the brand new OS and take a look at all the newest options – in the event that they’re within the US, that's. As standard the UK will get shafted on a number of the biggest options, like Cortana, till Microsoft provides regional help for it later this yr. However worry not, we’ve found a means these within the UK can get Cortana on Home windows Telephone proper now.
WARNING: Should you set up Home windows Telephone eight.1 in your gadget you will be unable to downgrade to Home windows Telephone eight.zero. As soon as the brand new OS is put in, you’re caught with it – bugs and all. Meaning if a essential bug turns into obvious there isn't any approach so that you can return to the previous, secure OS. Additionally observe that putting in a Home windows Telephone beta in your telephone will probably void the producer’s guarantee. Given these two issues please think twice earlier than putting in the developer preview of Home windows Telephone eight.1.
Now well being and security is completed and dusted, right here’s how its finished:
1. Register as a Home windows Telephone developer.
Did you learn the warning above? Okay with it? Good. Now right here’s what you'll want to do: Comply with this hyperlink to the Home windows Telephone App Studio. You are able to do this in your Home windows Telephone or in your desktop. The Home windows Telephone App Studio is the place you'll be able to register as a developer at no cost. You have to give them your identify and e mail, together with different pertinent information. When you’ve gone by way of all of the steps you come to a "Prepared. Set. Go. Executed!" display. This implies you're registered as a Home windows Telephone developer.
2. Set up “Preview for Builders” from the Retailer.
Now in your Home windows Telephone eight.zero system open the Retailer. Within the search area sort “Preview for Builders” after which choose it from the record of outcomes. Scroll down and faucet the Set up button.
three. Open Preview for Builders out of your App Record
Now return to your Home windows Telephone Begin display and swipe left so that you entry your App Listing. Scroll down till you discover “Preview for Builders” and faucet on it. Undergo all of the authorized disclaimers and settle for the whole lot and enter your info the place Microsoft asks for it.
four. Replace your software program
Now go to the Settings app and scroll right down to the place it says “Telephone Replace”. Faucet “verify for updates” and Home windows Telephone eight.1 will present and start to obtain. This will likely take some time relying in your Web velocity. You’ll have to restart a number of occasions.
5. Replace your speech settings
For those who have been in America, as quickly as your Home windows Telephone restarted with eight.1 you’d be accomplished and be capable of use Cortana immediately. However as I stated, Brits get shafted and there at the moment are a number of extra steps you continue to have to undergo to get to Cortana.
The primary is you must navigate to your Settings app and select Speech. From the Speech Language drop down menu change “English (United Kingdom)” to “English (United States)”. Doing it will require your telephone to obtain a 66MB replace and necessitate a restart.
6. Change your language
After the restart return to your Settings app and select Language. Faucet “add languages” after which select “English (United States)”. Notice that if it provides “English (United States)” after the default “English (United Kingdom)” you’ll have to faucet and maintain and transfer “English (United States)” to the highest of the record, or simply delete “English (United Kingdom)” totally. Once more, a restart might be required.
7. Change your area
After you restart your gadget return into Settings as soon as once more and faucet Area. Beneath “Nation/Area” choose “United States”. You additionally need to make certain “Regional format” is about to "match telephone language”. Then, you understand the drill, restart.
eight. Open Cortana.
I promise, that was the final restart! You’re completely achieved now with installs and setting modifications, so as soon as your telephone restarts go to your App listing and look underneath “C” and also you’ll discover Cortana. I might extremely advocate pinning Cortana to the Begin display for straightforward entry. But in addition observe that urgent the hardware search button on any system operating Home windows Telephone eight.1 will routinely launch Cortana.
9. Inform Cortana your identify.
Once you launch Cortana she’ll ask you what your identify is. Sort it into the textual content field offered. After it’s typed in Cortana will converse your identify aloud. If that is the correct pronunciation, let her know. If not, she’ll ask you the right way to say it. Right here Cortana will even inform you she wants entry to your location knowledge and another settings to be able to work correctly.
10. End setting Cortana up
After you inform Cortana your identify you can begin utilizing it immediately. Nevertheless, to get much more personalised and related solutions and outcomes, I like to recommend tapping the three horizontal bars on the higher proper of the display. This takes you to Cortana’s settings and permits you to enter a bunch of details about your self, together with your loved ones members’ names, your pursuits, the locations you want, and extra.
Lastly, keep in mind Cortana continues to be a beta. Proper now it’s a powerful begin, however its positive to get even higher by the point Microsoft releases Home windows Telephone eight.1 to the general public later this yr.