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ChatGPT to join Azure cloud service – Microsoft


Alex Omenye

Tech giant Microsoft is set to add OPENAI’s artificial intelligence bot, ChatGPT, to its cloud-based service, Azure.

The company announced the wider availability of the Azure OpenAI Service, which it said would help democratize AI and foster Microsoft’s partnership with the AI company.

Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service has been available to limited customers since its unveiling in 2021. Azure gives Microsoft’s cloud customers access to different OpenAI tools, like the GPT-3.5 and the Dall-E model, for generating images from text prompts.

“Customers will also be able to access ChatGPT—a fine-tuned version of GPT-3.5 that has been trained and runs inference on Azure AI infrastructure—through the Azure OpenAI Service soon,” Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of AI Platform, Eric Boyd, said in a blog post.

In 2019, Microsoft invested $1 billion in Oen AI as part of its plan to get an inside edge on the most popular and advanced AI systems in the world.

ChatGPT took the internet by storm and recorded 1 million users within days of launching at the end of November last year. Its most accurate imitation of human conversation and responses sparked speculation about its potential to take out professional writers and was seen as a potential threat to Google’s core search business. The founder and co-founder, Elon Musk, and Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman make money by charging developers to license their technology.

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