Microsoft seems to have revealed Azure ChatGPT is now available in preview as a local version in Azure OpenAI Service. Azure with ChatGPT can be used to access the popular chatbot in an enterprise setting and have natural conversations with users, answer questions, and generate creative content.
Microsoft first brought ChatGPT to OpenAI Service on the cloud in March. Azure ChatGPT is designed to be easy to use and deploy. The chatbot provides ChatGPT abilities on-premises. Microsoft says the service is a “private” version of ChatGPT that can be run locally with the following benefits:
- “Private: Built-in guarantees around the privacy of your data and fully isolated from those operated by OpenAI.
- Controlled: Network traffic can be fully isolated to your network and other enterprise grade security controls are built in.
- Value: Deliver added business value with your own internal data sources (plug and play) or use plug-ins to integrate with your internal services (e.g., ServiceNow, etc).”
ChatGPT can learn from any text data, such as books, websites, social media posts, and more, and can adapt to different domains and styles. While Microsoft seems to be bringing the AI as a local solution, the GitHub announcement the company posted has since been removed. It is possible someone pulled the trigger on the announcement too early.
Microsoft Going All In on GPT Integration
ChatGPT is one of the most advanced language models available today. It was introduced by OpenAI in late 2022 as an interface that can handle multi-turn dialogues and generate coherent and relevant messages. ChatGPT uses a deep neural network with 175 billion parameters, making it one of the largest models ever trained.
Microsoft has leant heavily into its partnership with OpenAI this year. The company has embraced the GPT large language model that also underpins ChatGPT.
- Bing Chat: OpenAI is a collaborator on Microsoft's AI search engine, which is partly powered by GPT-4 and Microsoft's own Prometheus technology.
- Bing Image Creator: The generative AI of OpenAI drives Bing Image Creator, which can generate AI images from user prompts.
- GitHub Copilot: Microsoft and OpenAI's AI coding tool received GPT-4 integration earlier this year with the launch of GitHub Copilot X.
- Microsoft 365 Copilot: The Copilot model that includes GPT-4 and components such as Microsoft Graph is available as an AI assistant in Microsoft 365.
- Azure OpenAI Service: Microsoft's platform that brings OpenAI solutions to cloud customers now includes support for GPT-4.