A few hours before unveiling its long-awaited financial results for the last quarter, Microsoft confirms that it has renewed its partnership with OpenAI, the publisher of Dall-E and ChatGPT for several billion dollars.
Last week we reported a rumor that Microsoft would be willing to invest up to $10 billion in Open AI to renew its partnership with the publisher of the most popular AIs of the moment, starting with ChatGPT.
A few hours before unveiling the financial results of its second fiscal quarter 2023 (corresponding to the last calendar quarter of 2022) this evening after the closing of Wall Street – results eagerly awaited by observers to give the pulse of Tech – Microsoft is raising the ambient temperature by confirming that it has renewed and intensified its partnership with OpenAI.
A first billion dollar partnership was signed in 2019 between the two companies.
This new partnership expands our collaboration in supercomputing and AI research and enables each of us to independently commercialize the resulting advanced AI technologies explains Microsoft in its press release.
This partnership is mainly based on 3 pillars:
1/ It makes Azure the exclusive cloud provider for OpenAI. Thus OpenAI uses Azure infrastructures for all its research projects but also to host and market the APIs of its AIs (Microsoft being free to market APIs to OpenAI AIs on its side through Azure OpenAI Services).
2/ Microsoft will continue to build the HPCs needed for OpenAI innovations. Since 2019, to serve the needs of OpenAI but also other AI players including Meta, Microsoft has been assembling supercomputers in its Cloud that appear in the Top 25 of the TOP500.org ranking. Under the terms of this new partnership, Microsoft will further increase its investment in the development and deployment of specialized supercomputers to accelerate OpenAI’s groundbreaking independent AI research “. State-of-the-art AI infrastructures that can also benefit other Microsoft customers.
3/ Offer new AI-powered experiences. This partnership also confirms that Microsoft will successfully deploy OpenAI models in its consumer and enterprise products and introduce new categories of digital experiences based on OpenAI technology. Remember that several rumors have been circulating in recent weeks around the integration of ChatGPT with Bing, Word and other Microsoft products. Also, remember that the GitHub Copilot AI is based on OpenAI’s Codex and the new Microsoft Designer leverages the creative capabilities of OpenAI’s Dall-E.
“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”, recalls Satya Nadella, president and CEO of Microsoft. ” In this new phase of our partnership, developers and organizations across all industries will have access to the best AI frameworks, models and toolchains with Azure to build and run their applications. »
However, Microsoft has not indicated the financial conditions or the duration of this partnership. This information may be clarified tonight when the financial results for the last quarter are announced. The rumor of the past few weeks mentioned an investment in OpenAI to the tune of 10 billion dollars…
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