Microsoft is working on a new Azure cloud service that will focus on providing security for cloud-based AI. Known as Project Oakes, the service will allow organizations to combine their business data into what Microsoft calls a data clean room. The Information cites two employees on the project who say the service will allow two or more businesses pool their data.
At the start of 2023, Microsoft positioned itself to go all-in on artificial intelligence. The company wants to spread an AI net across all its services and is increasing its investment and deepening its partnership with OpenAI. As Microsoft weaves AI into its cloud services on Azure, the company also needs to ensure there is a security infrastructure to protect those services.
Microsoft also has a job listing for Project Oakes that explains how the platform will use machine learning AI to deliver data to customers. Importantly, while the data is pooled it is worth noting parties will not be able to see each other’s information.
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Microsoft’s AI Vision
Azure OpenAI has been in preview since it was first announced at Ignite 2021. Microsoft recently invested billions into OpenAI and plans to increase its partnership further. The company is already adding the ChatGPT chatbot to Bing and looking to GPT integrations in Office.
As Microsoft and OpenAI become increasingly fluid and the company continues its own individual AI tech, we can expect to see AI become integral to most Microsoft services. In fact, CEO Satya Nadella has recently said that he plans to bring AI to most products.
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