Microsoft will expand ChatGPT reach as OpenAI investment rumors swirl

Jan 16 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Monday it was expanding its access to wildly popular software from OpenAI, a startup it is backing whose futuristic ChatGPT chatbot captivated Silicon Valley Is.

Microsoft said the startup’s technology, which it had until now previewed in a program called its Azure OpenAI service for its cloud-computing customers, was now generally available, a difference that is expected to bring a flood of new uses.

The news comes as Microsoft has looked to add to the $1 billion stake in OpenAI it announced in 2019, two people familiar with the matter previously told Reuters. News site Semaphore reported earlier this month that Microsoft could invest $10 billion; Microsoft declined to comment on any potential deal.

Public interest in OpenAI has grown since the release in November of ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot that can compose prose, poetry or even draft computer code on command. ChatGPT is powered by generative artificial intelligence, which adds new content after training on massive amounts of data — technology that Microsoft is letting more customers apply to use.

ChatGPT, not just its underlying technology, will soon be available through Microsoft’s cloud, it said in a blog post.

Microsoft said it is checking customers’ applications to reduce potential misuse of the software, and its filters screen for harmful content that users may input or technology may produce.

The commercial potential of such software has garnered massive venture-capital investment in the startups that build it, at a time when funding has otherwise dried up. Already, some companies have used the technology to create marketing materials or demonstrate how it can negotiate cable bills.

Microsoft said CarMax, KPMG and others were using its Azure OpenAI service. Its press release quoted Al Jazeera’s vice president as saying that the service could help the news organization summarize and translate content.

Reporting by Jeffrey Destin; Editing by Leslie Adler

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