Microsoft will soon expand access to ChatGPT through its new Azure OpenAI service, which is now generally available. OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot has received a lot of attention since it launched in November 2022, but Microsoft adding it to its Azure OpenAI service will help to make it even more accessible.
“With Azure OpenAI Service now generally available, more businesses can apply for access to the most advanced AI models in the world—including GPT-3.5, Codex, and DALL•E 2—backed by the trusted enterprise-grade capabilities and AI-optimized infrastructure of Microsoft Azure, to create cutting-edge applications. 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 Azure OpenAI Service soon,” said Eric Boyd Corporate Vice President, AI Platform
If ChatGPT is currently free to use on OpenAI’s website, enthusiasts may struggle to access it when OpenAI’s servers reach their full capacity. That should be less of a problem once the chatbot is available through Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service.
Microsoft has had an exclusive partnership with OpenAI since July 2019, which preceded the launch of the Azure OpenAI service in November. Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI back in 2019, but the company is reportedly considering another $10 billion investment in the ChatGPT creator.
According to a previous report from The Information, Microsoft is about to go all-in on OpenAI’s technology and integrate ChatGPT into Bing and its Office applications. The company has also leveraged OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 deep learning model to add a new Image Creator feature to Bing.
While a tool like ChatGPT is a good illustration of the potential of artificial intelligence, it’s certainly not perfect. OpenAI warns on an FAQ that the tool “has limited knowledge of world and events after 2021 and may also occasionally produce harmful instructions or biased content.”
Microsoft, which is advocating for a “responsible approach to AI,” said that it has implemented safeguards to make sure that developers won’t abuse its Azure OpenAI Service. The company will review all applications from developers, it also has content filters in place to catch abusive or hateful content.