Faced with the success of ChatGPT, which has fueled the desire of many IT players, Microsoft has announced a multi-year investment plan in OpenAI which would reach $10 billion. A paid business version of the popular chatbot is in the pipeline for $42 a month
After cloud first, it’s AI first for Microsoft. A few days after announcing a vast licensing plan – 10,000 employees concerned – it is this time a vast investment plan that the firm has unveiled. Two and a half years after having injected a billion dollars into OpenAI, the Redmond company has confirmed the rumors that have been circulating for a few days by planning to invest several billion dollars in OpenAI over the next few years. The amount has not been officially disclosed, but the sum could well be as high as $10 billion, as Bloomberg also suggested a few days ago.
“Today, we are announcing the third phase of our long-term partnership with OpenAI through a multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment to accelerate AI breakthroughs to ensure these benefits are shared widely with the world,” explains in a Microsoft blog post. The American giant had every interest in consolidating its stake in OpenAI, at a time when many funds revolve around its capital and its valuation would reach nearly $30 billion.
A pro version of ChatGPT at $42 per month?
The publisher indicates that it will increase its investments in the development and deployment of HPC systems to accelerate OpenAI research in artificial intelligence and also deploy OpenAI models in its consumer and professional products including Azure OpenAI. “As OpenAI’s exclusive cloud provider, Azure will power all OpenAI workloads in API research, products, and services,” Microsoft says.
In parallel with this announcement, rumors about the marketing of a version for businesses of ChatGPT are increasing. Zahid Khawaja, a developer who works on a number of AI projects, shared a video of the Pro version of ChatGPT working on both desktop and mobile. The price of this professional version could be $42 per month and would give priority access to new functions but above all would be much faster than the current free version. A victim of its own success, it is experiencing many availability problems depending on the time of day.