Watch your back Siri: Cortana arriving on UK Windows Phone devices within weeks

Cortana has been out (in beta) over in the States for some time now, while we've had to wait patiently over in the UK for the service to be localised (and prepared for our accents) – but not for much longer, it would seem.

At the end of last month, we heard that Microsoft's voice assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 would arrive in the UK "soon", although the official Windows Phone UK Twitter account then clarified that by soon it meant "later in 2014", which didn't sound that promising. At the time, it made us speculate that we were probably looking at an autumn release.

Now word has come from Marcus Ash, Group Program Manager for Cortana, that the voice assistant will be here in the UK (and out in China) within weeks, not months.

WinBeta spotted that over the weekend, Ash tweeted: "Making #Cortana available in the UK and China will happen very soon. Weeks not months."

You can't get much clearer a statement than that – so we should expect Cortana to begin rolling out to UK handsets in July, barring any unforeseen delays.

Ash also recently talked about making Cortana available on other mobile platforms aside from Windows Phone – so you could see it on Android and maybe even iOS eventually – though he stressed this was just a possibility, and something they were thinking about, rather than an actual plan right now.

For more on Cortana and how the voice assistant works, see our in-depth look at Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana: The best of Google Now and Siri combined.