Microsoft created an intelligent personal assistant which can set reminders, recognize natural voice without the requirement for keyboard input, and answer questions using information from the Bing search engine. Currently this service is available in English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese language editions, depending on the software platform and region in which it is used.
It took Microsoft quite a while to reach small Czech Republic. With the arrival of the Creators Update, which took place in March this year, we got the Czech voice in Windows 10. For now czech voice assistant doesn't have all the possibilities and features of an intelligent personal assistant like Cortana, nevertheless it can read different documents, webpages or books providing a comfortable way of analyzing written information. How the voice assistant works and can help us with?
Let him read
There is Vit in Czech Republic and Philip in Slovakia. Who gave the names to these voice assistants, probably forgot the Czech grammar. If we do not take into consideration this fact and focus on what this male voice guide serves for , it will be probably reading. So you can listen some fairy tales by using a reader or a web page. In particular, Vita will be appreciated by users with visual impairment.
How to set up Vítka?
In the Settings menu, select Time and Language. Then click Speech and select Czech. You can still adapt your Vita voice to your needs. The application allows you to set up the speed or height of the voice.
If you choose to read (Settings> Accessibility> Reading), you can turn on a voice assistant, which will then read what you see on the screen. You can also choose what you want the voice reader to read.
This option is available only if you have installed an Windows 10 update called Creators Update.
And how would we describe Vito's speech? This was very well described by czech newspapper cnews.cz: "Still sounds like a robot. Google TTS is at a higher level. Smoother, more natural and better to deal with foreign words in the Czech text. Although Vit reads correctly "majkrosoft" but he has almost pulled out his tongue while reading word "go-o-gle". You can judge yourself.
What about your country?
We have to forget about this voice assistant for a while. Voice assistant and Cortana do not understand each other yet. However, if you know English, it will not be a problem for you.
In a video posted at the Blogging Windows site by Marcus Ash, Cortana Group Program Manager, you can get a much better understanding of why rolling Cortana out to other countries and cultures is not just a flip of a switch. It takes a tremendous amount of research and work to make sure it is right for that country.
“Bringing Cortana to other markets means having a deep understanding of what's important in that particular culture...We don't make the assumption that what is right for one country is right for all.”
We hope that Microsoft will bring voice assistant technologies for other countries in the near future, and we will be able to benefit from voice assistant technology in polish, hungarian, romanian etc. language.