The convergence of Microsoft and OpenAI continues. Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service is now generally available and it looks like the ChatGPT chatbot is on the way.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure OpenAI Service, which allows businesses to power their applications with large-scale AI models, including GPT-3.5, DALL-E 2 and Codex. OpenAI’s most successful and popular artificial intelligence tool, ChatGPT, will soon be added to the Azure OpenAI service.
ChatGPT Coming to Microsoft Azure
While Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tweeted the announcement, he announced that ChatGPT will be added to the Azure OpenAI service very soon. Meanwhile, Microsoft says in its statements that ChatGPT will come with “a tweaked version of GPT-3.5”. Therefore, improvements such as more consistent and accurate information may be in Microsoft’s version.
The tech giant has had a growing relationship with OpenAI since it invested $1 billion in the startup founded by Elon Musk in 2019. On the other hand, it is also noteworthy that this announcement was made shortly after the reports were published that Microsoft was in talks to invest an additional $10 billion in the company.
What is Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service?
Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service tool was first made available to a limited number of invitees in November 2021. According to a press release, companies can use Azure OpenAI to gain insights from existing information such as customer support, customization and search, data extraction and classification.
Additionally, Microsoft uses Azure OpenAI Service to power its own products. Included are GitHub Copilot, which helps developers write better code, Power BI, which uses natural language powered by GPT-3 to automatically generate formulas and expressions, and Microsoft Designer, which creates content with the recently announced natural language prompts.
According to Microsoft’s statement, Azure OpenAI Service pricing is based on a pay-as-you-go consumption model. Therefore, pricing is made for each model individually. Although the service is generally available, it still requires registration at this time. Microsoft also offers a free trial.