Microsoft has announced the full availability of Azure OpenAI, a service that enables businesses to power their applications with large-scale artificial intelligence models such as GPT-3.5, DALL-E 2, and Codex.
Microsoft also announced that it will soon include OpenAI’s artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT to its Azure cloud service.
“With Azure OpenAI Service now generally available, more businesses can apply for access to the most advanced AI models in the world — including GPT-3.5, Codex, and DALL-E 2 — backed by the enterprise-grade capabilities and AI-optimized infrastructure of Microsoft Azure, to create cutting-edge applications,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
“Customers will also soon be able to utilise ChatGPT, a fine-tuned version of GPT-3.5 that has been trained and conducts inference on Azure AI infrastructure, via Azure OpenAI Service,” the company said.
In addition, Microsoft’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella tweeted, “ChatGPT is coming soon to the Azure Open AI Service, which is now generally available, as we enable clients apply the world’s most sophisticated AI models to their own business imperatives.”
In November 2021, the software titan unveiled the Azure OpenAI Service to enable users to leverage the capabilities of large-scale generative AI models.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Microsoft will invest $10 billion in OpenAI, valuing the company at approximately $29 billion.
According to Semafor, citing sources familiar with the subject, it is still unclear whether the deal has been finalised, but “papers distributed to prospective investors explaining its conditions in recent weeks indicated a projected close by the end of 2022.”
In 2019, the tech giant committed $1 billion in OpenAI.