Ever since its launch, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm, gathering over a million users in just two months. Now, Microsoft has decided to double down on its relationship with OpenAI through a new “multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment.” The news of this deal comes just weeks after Microsoft announced they will be investing $10 billion in OpenAI.
As part of the deal, Microsoft will be increasing its investments in developing and deploying super-computing systems to assist OpenAI’s research. The company would also be the exclusive cloud partner for OpenAI and will power all their workloads across products, API services, and research.
“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,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
What would Microsoft gain?
Microsoft is OpenAI’s biggest investor, and the success of ChatGPT means that the company is now planning to deploy OpenAI’s models across a variety of its consumer and enterprise products. There are speculations that the company may integrate ChatGPT into Bing search results and its language AI technology into Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook apps. This strategic implementation of OpenAI’s models in Microsoft’s tools has had industry giants like Google scrambling to build a rival.
It is important to note that Microsoft has not disclosed the exact amount of its investment in OpenAI. However, the company has been looking to use its close relationship with OpenAI to further commercialize its Azure OpenAI service. Microsoft started rolling out these services last week, and it includes several AI models made by OpenAI, such as GPT-3.5, Codex, and DALL-E. These services are designed for businesses to make use of OpenAI models by providing GPT-3.5 with the scaling, management, and data handling options that Azure offers.
“Microsoft shares our values and we are excited to continue our independent research and work toward creating advanced AI that benefits everyone,” said CEO Sam Altman.