Something small: Microsoft opens access to machine learning-based models to Azure customers, giving companies and organizations the opportunity to employ the world’s most advanced (and talked about) AI services created by the OpenAI Research Labs.
Microsoft continues to convert Partnership with OpenAI In “live” commercial services with new and enhanced features of the Azure cloud platform. Large Language Models and Generative AI are fast becoming an essential platform for innovation, problem-solving, and for imagining “what is possible,” Redmond Foundation He saidIt is clear that Azure is trying to become one of the most important players in this promising new market for AI-based services and products.
Microsoft has said that the Azure OpenAI service is now generally available, so more business and enterprise customers can start using – or rather “apply for access to” – AI models developed by OpenAI. These models include a lot of talk about DALL E 2, Codex, and GPT-3.5. Customers will also get access to chat chatbot, which is an exact version of the GPT-3.5 ML algorithm – though they’ll have to wait a little longer for that.
OpenAI forms hosted on the Azure platform will be moderated by Microsoft bots, so text prompts and completions are “evaluated according to our content policy with automated systems”. Needless to say, “high risk content” will be filtered out.
According to Redmond, Azure offers a “purpose-built, optimized AI infrastructure” capable of accelerating AI deployment and adoption by cloud customers.
Azure OpenAI Service users will already get the same “high-performance production-scale AI models with industry-leading uptime” that Microsoft uses to power its own products. These products include GitHub Copilot, a Codex-based AI system that can help programmers write better code, Power BI, which takes advantage of natural language powered by GPT-3 to automatically generate formulas and expressions, and Microsoft Designer, to help creators design content. Fresh natural language prompts you to start from a blank canvas.
While Azure is leveraging generative AI capabilities to create new enterprise products, Microsoft said, OpenAI is also using the cloud platform as the “core computing power” behind the family of ML models to advance research and developer production.
The partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI could indeed turn out to be one of the most important elements for building the future of Azure, the Windows platform, and Microsoft’s business as a whole. Recent rumors have speculated about Redmond’s interest in investing an additional $10 billion in OpenAI research, and the opportunity to integrate ChatGPT into Bing as a competitive advantage against Google.