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Microsoft can't stop itself blowing billions on OpenAI

Microsoft announced its latest "multi-year, multi-billion dollar" investment into OpenAI on Monday, cementing its position as the startup's exclusive cloud provider.

As far as some are concerned, the Windows giant is the de facto owner of OpenAI, having poured tons of resources into the precocious machine-learning lab so far.

"We formed our partnership with OpenAI around a shared ambition to responsibly advance cutting-edge AI research and democratize AI as a new technology platform," Microsoft boss Satya Nadella said in a canned statement.

"In this next phase of our partnership, developers and organizations across industries will have access to the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchain with Azure to build and run their applications."

The financial and technical details of this latest collaboration were not officially disclosed, but has been rumored to be worth as much as $10 billion. The injection of support, led by Microsoft, is backed by other ...

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