It is becoming increasingly hard to separate Microsoft and OpenAI. So much so, it looks like OpenAI is simply a division of Microsoft these days. In the latest news involving the Big Tech giant and AI research developer, Microsoft and OpenAI have announced a strengthening of their partnership.
This renewed collaboration involves Microsoft making “a multiyear, multibillion dollar” investment into OpenAI. While the amount of this investment is unknown, it is likely to be around $10 billion. Earlier this month it emerged Microsoft would invest $10 billion into OpenAI in exchange for 49% of profits from the group's AI.
So, perhaps the notion that OpenAI is now an offshoot of Microsoft is not too far from reality. Of course, neither Microsoft nor OpenAI are detailing the specifics of the strengthening of their deal aside from saying the investment will drive more AI breakthroughs.
“We formed our partnership with OpenAI around a shared ambition to responsibly advance cutting-edge AI research and democratize AI as a new technology platform,” says Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “In this next phase of our partnership, developers and organizations across industries will have access to the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchain with Azure to build and run their applications.”
The investment will bring the following advancements in AI development:
- “Supercomputing at scale – Microsoft will increase our investments in the development and deployment of specialized supercomputing systems to accelerate OpenAI's groundbreaking independent AI research. We will also continue to build out Azure's leading AI infrastructure to help customers build and deploy their AI applications on a global scale.
- New AI-powered experiences – Microsoft will deploy OpenAI's models across our consumer and enterprise products and introduce new categories of digital experiences built on OpenAI's technology. This includes Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service, which empowers developers to build cutting-edge AI applications through direct access to OpenAI models backed by Azure's trusted, enterprise-grade capabilities and AI-optimized infrastructure and tools.
- Exclusive cloud provider – As OpenAI's exclusive cloud provider, Azure will power all OpenAI workloads across research, products and API services.”
Azure OpenAI has been in preview since it was first announced at Ignite 2021. Microsoft's jounrey with OpenAI is extensive, including the 2021 launch of a Power Fx ability for translating natural language queries into code. This was the first time Microsoft used GPT-3 following entering an exclusive license of the API with OpenAI.
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