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Microsoft Announces MultiBillion Dollar Investment In OpenAI

In a major move to accelerate AI breakthroughs, Microsoft and OpenAI have announced the third phase of their long-term partnership through a multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment. The partnership, which began in 2016, aims to democratize AI as a new technology platform and ensure that the benefits of AI are broadly shared with the world.

Under the new agreement, Microsoft will increase its investments in developing and deploying specialized supercomputing systems to accelerate OpenAI’s groundbreaking independent AI research. The company will also continue building Azure’s leading AI infrastructure to help customers build and deploy their AI applications globally.

In addition, Microsoft will deploy OpenAI’s models across its consumer and enterprise products, introducing new categories of digital experiences built on OpenAI’s technology. This includes the 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.

As OpenAI’s exclusive cloud provider, Azure will power all OpenAI workloads across research, products, and API services.

“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,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of 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.”

Since 2016, Microsoft has committed to building Azure into an AI supercomputer for the world, serving as the foundation of its vision to democratize AI as a platform. Through the initial investment and collaboration, Microsoft and OpenAI pushed the frontier of cloud supercomputing technology, announcing their first top-5 supercomputer in 2020 and subsequently constructing multiple AI supercomputing systems at a massive scale.

These innovations have captured imaginations and introduced large-scale AI as a powerful, general-purpose technology platform expected to create a transformative impact at the magnitude of the personal computer, the internet, mobile devices, and the cloud.

“The past three years of our partnership have been great,” said Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI. “Microsoft shares our values and we are excited to continue our independent research and work toward creating advanced AI that benefits everyone.”

Underpinning all of the efforts is Microsoft and OpenAI’s shared commitment to building AI systems and products that are trustworthy and safe. OpenAI’s leading research on AI Alignment and Microsoft’s Responsible AI Standard establishes a leading and advancing framework for the safe deployment of their AI technologies and help guide the industry toward more responsible outcomes.

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