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Microsoft announces OpenAI partnership and Azure releases to power advances in AI

Today, Microsoft announced a new partnership with OpenAI, the nonprofit research organization co-founded by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever. Microsoft also introduced Azure releases designed to power advances in AI. 

Microsoft and OpenAI partnership: 

  • Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI will be focused on making significant contributions to advancing the field of AI, while also furthering their mutual goal of using AI to tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems.
  • OpenAI has also chosen Microsoft Azure as their preferred cloud platform. OpenAI’s use of Azure will help OpenAI advance their research and create new tools and technologies that are only possible with the cloud.
Preview of Azure Bot Service: Azure Bot Service is a first of its kind in the industry. This service allows developers to accelerate the development of bots using the Microsoft Bot Framework and easily deploy and management them in a serverless environment on Azure.
General Availability of Azure Functions: Azure Functions can be used to maximize development agility and operational efficiency of nearly any app or service at lower cost. Azure Bot Service also runs on Azure Functions, which allows the bots to scale on-demand.

Azure N-series VMs: Generally available starting in December, the Azure N-series is designed for the most intensive compute workloads, including deep learning, simulations, rendering and the training of neural networks.  

Microsoft is infusing AI into all of its products and everything it does across hardware and software to accelerate the path from research into products. Today’s announcements are part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to democratize AI – making AI more accessible to all.

Read more: Advancing our ambition to democratize artificial intelligence


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