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    News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    The Windows Phone personal assistant is set to arrive in the UK shortly - with a British accent.
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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Do you think Google will rebrand Google Now as a female avatar.

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Jowsey View Post
    Do you think Google will rebrand Google Now as a female avatar.
    If you want a "female" avatar, rather than the Google microphone then surely there's stuff like Iris available in the Play store? That said, my Google Now speaks with a UK-female accent courtesy of SVOX and the "Victoria" voice pack.

    As a counterpoint to the Halo-fans I'm sure that there's a lot of UK folks who'd not be happy with a US accent on their text-to-speech. Maybe Microsoft could get a "transatlantic" accent - although if they're looking for a recommendation then Kim Cattrall would get my vote. Or if they're determined to have a sci-fi tie-in how about Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG1/Atlantis and Sanctuary).

    EDIT: possible QOTW Hexus? "Who would you want to voice Cortana in the UK version of WindowsPhone8.1?"

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Just for fun I'd like Daily Mail readers and the residents of Grantham to get a Maggie Thatcher-like voice.

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Joanna Lumley ?

    She used to do the AOL You have mail and Goodbye !

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    They should allow for downloadable voice packs, so record/TV/movie/media people can do recordings by a set of standardised rules. Who wouldn't want a version of:
    Jazzer to be sarcastic to you
    Morgan Freeman you'll get it to read everything
    Sheldon (TBBT) to annoy the pants off you
    Emma Watson just so you can say I got Emma Watson in my pocket
    Emilia Clarke(GoT) that way it Cortana can be renamed to be Khaleesi
    Rose Leslie(GoT) She does have a seductive voice
    Sophie Turner(GoT) so she can tell you what a good little girl she would be.
    And those of us that are fans Dr. Who, Batman, Spock, etc.

    Microsoft should do this and allow them to sell these voices in the app/music store

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyruz View Post
    They should allow for downloadable voice packs, so record/TV/movie/media people can do recordings by a set of standardised rules. Who wouldn't want a version of:
    Jazzer to be sarcastic to you
    Morgan Freeman you'll get it to read everything
    Sheldon (TBBT) to annoy the pants off you
    Emma Watson just so you can say I got Emma Watson in my pocket
    Emilia Clarke(GoT) that way it Cortana can be renamed to be Khaleesi
    Rose Leslie(GoT) She does have a seductive voice
    Sophie Turner(GoT) so she can tell you what a good little girl she would be.
    And those of us that are fans Dr. Who, Batman, Spock, etc.

    Microsoft should do this and allow them to sell these voices in the app/music store
    If they did that, maybe that would give die hard Halo fans the chance to buy the Jen Taylor voice.

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyruz View Post
    They should allow for downloadable voice packs, so record/TV/movie/media people can do recordings by a set of standardised rules. Who wouldn't want a version of:
    Jazzer to be sarcastic to you
    Morgan Freeman you'll get it to read everything
    Sheldon (TBBT) to annoy the pants off you
    Emma Watson just so you can say I got Emma Watson in my pocket
    Emilia Clarke(GoT) that way it Cortana can be renamed to be Khaleesi
    Rose Leslie(GoT) She does have a seductive voice
    Sophie Turner(GoT) so she can tell you what a good little girl she would be.
    And those of us that are fans Dr. Who, Batman, Spock, etc.

    Microsoft should do this and allow them to sell these voices in the app/music store
    I'd second that, and add Douglas Rain to that list. Just wish SVOX would do something similar - getting Jim Parsons (Dr Sheldon Cooper on BBT) to read my map directions would have the kids in stitches.

    Although I will have to (shamefully?) admit to having to look up what you meant my "GoT".

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyruz View Post
    They should allow for downloadable voice packs, so record/TV/movie/media people can do recordings by a set of standardised rules. Who wouldn't want a version of:
    Jazzer to be sarcastic to you
    Morgan Freeman you'll get it to read everything
    Sheldon (TBBT) to annoy the pants off you
    Emma Watson just so you can say I got Emma Watson in my pocket
    Emilia Clarke(GoT) that way it Cortana can be renamed to be Khaleesi
    Rose Leslie(GoT) She does have a seductive voice
    Sophie Turner(GoT) so she can tell you what a good little girl she would be.
    And those of us that are fans Dr. Who, Batman, Spock, etc.

    Microsoft should do this and allow them to sell these voices in the app/music store
    I'd second that, and add Douglas Rain to that list. Just wish SVOX would do something similar - getting Jim Parsons (Dr Sheldon Cooper on BBT) to read my map directions would have the kids in stitches.

    Although I will have to (shamefully?) admit to having to look up what you meant by "GoT".

    Funnily enough, this topic had me do a quick search online for alternate TTS voices for Android. As a result I just bought one from CereProc.

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    I swear to god, don't make it "British Queen" posh ...

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by MysticalGoat View Post
    I swear to god, don't make it "British Queen" posh ...
    Could be worse - could be this one from Cereproc.

    BTW, got nothing against Glaswegian accents, just this particular one sounds like an extra from Trainspotting or Taggart. (probably the latter since TS was set in Edinburgh).

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Meh, another reason to stay with Android.

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    If you want to convert text to speech with natural sounding voices, I suggest using the "Text Speaker" app. I use this app to listen to my files in natural sounding voices. Multiple female and male voices are available. Nice app.

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    if I were them I'd make it Lily Savage just for the laughs.

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    Re: News - Cortana won't sound like Cortana in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksyruz View Post
    Microsoft should do this and allow them to sell these voices in the app/music store
    The amount of time and work it takes to capture enough evenly spoken words, and thus just how much it costs, for just one workable voicepack for a small app would surprise you... VoiceAttack has done some for Elite Dangerous, as have TomTom, but only a few.

    Personally, I'd rather have Keeley Hawes (Lara Croft) or Jennifer Hale (every other iconic female character throughout gaming) voicing my stuff. Of course, if it's the computer talking, you'd need a good approximation of Majel Barrett, too, just for the sake of completion.
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