Hi everyone,

As we shared in July, we have been working very hard to make Cortana available in more markets and languages. Today, we will begin rolling out Cortana to Insiders on Windows 10 Insider Preview builds 10532+ as an optional download to Insiders in Japan and in English for Insiders in Australia and Canada. We also have an early version in English for Insiders in India, which will be updated with an improved voice later this month. With these rollouts, we hope to learn a lot from your feedback as we continue to improve the experience and refine it for each market.

Later this year Cortana will also be available first to Windows Insiders in Brazil and Mexico, and in French in Canada.


Setup Instructions

Cortana is available to Windows Insiders in the following configurations. In order for Cortana to be show up on your system, please ensure you system has the appropriate Country or Region, Language, and Speech Language select for your configuration.

1.  Open Settings. Select Time & language, and then Region & language.

2.  Check the Language (set as default) setting for your Windows display language.  If your desired language is not available, add your desired language:  

  • Click Add a Language.
  • Select your desired language from the list.
  • Select the desired locale, which is the language/country combination.
  • Click on the newly selected locale and select Options.
  • Under Download language pack, click Download.
  • Under Speech, click Download.
  • After the downloads are complete (this could take several minutes), return to the Time & Language settings.
  • Click on your new language and select Set as Default.

NOTE:  IF you changed languages, you must sign out of your account and back in for the new setting to take effect.

3. Check the Country or region setting.  Make sure the country selected corresponds with the Windows display language set in the Language setting. 

4. Return to Settings and Time & language, and then select Speech.  Check the Speech language setting, and make sure it’s aligned with the previous settings.

If you are still having issues; you can further verify your settings:

  • From Region & Language, under languages is a Related settings section, click on Additional date, time & regional settings, then in the control panel widow that opens:
  • Under Language, click Add a language.
  • A table of installed languages will display, click Options for the language you are using.
  • At the top of the page under Windows display language, click Make default display language (or something like that).
  • You will need to sign out for changes to take effect.

Note: If it says Enabled under Windows display language, then this is already done.