OpenAI and Microsoft closed a multi-billion dollars deal!

January 23, 2023

Microsoft and OpenAI finalized a multi-billion, multi-year deal, where Microsoft provides the infrastructure to OpenAI to keep developing and operating its products. And Microsoft gets a commercial exclusivity in the integration and distribution of these products.

As OpenAI explained:

This multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment from Microsoft follows their previous investments in 2019 and 2021, and will allow us to continue our independent research and develop AI that is increasingly safe, useful, and powerful.

As Microsoft announced the deal will move around three pillars:

Supercomputing at scale 

Microsoft will increase our investments in the development and deployment of specialized supercomputing systems to accelerate OpenAI’s groundbreaking independent AI research. We will also continue to build out Azure’s leading AI infrastructure to help customers build and deploy their AI applications on a global scale.

New AI-powered experiences 

Microsoft will deploy OpenAI’s models across our consumer and enterprise products and introduce new categories of digital experiences built on OpenAI’s technology. This includes Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service, which empowers developers to build cutting-edge AI applications through direct access to OpenAI models backed by Azure’s trusted, enterprise-grade capabilities and AI-optimized infrastructure and tools.

Exclusive cloud provider 

As OpenAI’s exclusive cloud provider, Azure will power all OpenAI workloads across research, products and API services.