Microsoft has promised that its Windows Phone 8.1 digital voice assistant, Cortana, will be rolled out in the UK "soon".
The promise was made on Microsoft's official Windows Phone UK Twitter account, accompanied by a picture of Cortana with the word "soon".
Microsoft declined to give an exact release date, and had not responded to V3's request for comment on the tweet at the time of publishing.
Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri digital assistant, and is designed to let users interact with Windows Phone 8.1 using a set of voice commands.
Microsoft claims that Cortana is significantly more advanced than competing digital assistants, like Siri, as it references data stored on the user's Microsoft Account and search history to more accurately answer questions and push relevant content.
Microsoft senior director Stella Chernyak listed Cortana as a key part of the company's plans to boost Windows Phone's market share during an interview with V3 at TechEd 2014 in Europe.
The feature is one of many debuted on Windows Phone 8.1. Other key additions include mobile device management (MDM) and Outlook S/MIME protection support. The MDM support is designed to boost Windows Phone 8.1's enterprise appeal and make it easier for IT managers to enforce policies on Microsoft mobile devices.
The upgraded Outlook protection builds on this, letting users set any Windows Phone 8.1 device to encrypt incoming and outgoing data using the S/MIME protocol.
For a full look at Windows Phone 8.1 and its features, check out V3's full review.
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