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Microsoft Extends ‘Multi-Billion Dollar’ Partnership with ChatGPT Developer OpenAI

Microsoft is strengthening its foothold in the world of artificial intelligence by officially announcing the third phase of its multi-billion dollar partnership with OpenAI. The research and deployment startup is best known for creating the en-vogue chatbot AI system ChatGPT which has gained a ton of popularity due to its exceptional ability to provide easy-to-understand responses to seemingly any question asked of it.

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For years, artificial intelligence or AI has been touted as the next big thing, following in the footsteps of the Internet to redefine the way we live our lives. While that has yet to come to complete fruition, Microsoft is actively trying to make it happen. The tech giant is continuing its research and development collaboration with OpenAI to develop AI that’s “safe, useful and powerful” and hopes to leverage this to come up with new products that are powered by OpenAI’s technology.

This new “multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment” will help both companies drive their development and research and harness the power of AI in unparalleled ways. With this allied coalition, Microsoft aims to ramp up its development and deployment of supercomputing systems to aid OpenAI’s research. The company will even continue to “build out Azure’s leading AI infrastructure to help customers build and deploy their AI applications on a global scale.”

This deal even makes Microsoft’s Azure the exclusive cloud partner for OpenAI, meaning the platform will receive access to all Microsoft cloud services for workloads across products, services, and research. Furthermore, Microsoft will also be deploying OpenAI’s models across a bunch of consumer and enterprise products and “introduce new categories of digital experiences built on OpenAI’s technology.”

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While the company didn’t reveal much of its intentions, it’s been speculated that Microsoft is gearing up to launch a whole new version of Bing to take on Google. The company’s new Bing is apparently said to be AI-powered and will arrive with ChatGPT integration.

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If true, the move could be a complete game changer for Microsoft, reigniting interest in the often-overlooked search engine. Google, which currently dominates the space is also busy developing its own AI-powered chatbot for its search engine which it aims to show off with at its I/O conference later in May. Microsoft first funded OpenAI in 2019 and then poured more money again in 2021. Both companies appear to have developed a special bond over the years and the partnership seems to be only getting stronger.

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During the big announcement, Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, of Microsoft, said, “We formed our partnership with OpenAI around a shared ambition to responsibly advance cutting-edge AI research and democratise AI as a new technology platform. 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.”

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Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa is an experienced reporter specialising in video game, eSports and technology coverage. A BTech IT graduate, Shubhendu has previously written for entertainment-based publications such as GiveMeSport, Touch, Tap, Play, Attack of the Fanboy, EssentiallySports, Twinfinite and The Load Out.