Remember Cortana? Essentially Windows Phone’s answer to Siri, Microsoft got nerd willies tingling the world over when it announced she’d be voiced by Jen Taylor, who also voiced the AI in the Halo games.
Alas, the dream of whispering sweet nothings in Jen Taylor’s ear in the dead of night (and vice versa) has come to a crashing halt, with Microsoft seemingly confirming Cortana will be Britified on this side of the Atlantic.
In a couple of tweets that have since been deleted, some kid called Zac Bowden (wait a minute; he’s old enough to be a Managing Editor?! My life…) asked: “Question, Cortana will have her normal American accent in the UK, right? No British accent nonsense?”
To which @ThatMicrosoftGuy replied: “She will have a British accent. Not Jen Taylor. :(“.
To be fair, it’s likely that only a very small portion of UK Windows Phone users would appreciate the voice talents of Jen Taylor and the accompanying nod to Halo, with the rest wondering why the hell they’re talking to an American.
Having said that, it would be nice to at least have the option. Of course, nothing’s official till it’s official, so we’ll just have to wait patiently till Cortana disembarks her transatlantic flight till we find out for sure.
Assuming she is indeed British, front-runners for the voice work surely include Mel B, Barbara Windsor and Cilla Black.