Microsoft is poised to invest $10 billion in ChatGPT

Microsoft is aiming to incorporate OpenAI’s language into its offerings, like Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word apps.

Tech behemoth Microsoft is in talks to invest $10 billion in ChatGPT, a chatbot developed by OpenAI and deployed in 2022, according to a recent media report. People familiar with the internal affairs have told the news outlet Semafor that it is unclear whether the deal is in the works and when it will be completed. The same sources also stated that the documents sent to potential investors revealed that the deal was targeted to be finalised by the end of 2022, which didn’t materialise, and that Microsoft will receive 75 percent of OpenAI’s profits until it recovers its investment. Once Microsoft breaks even, it would maintain a 49 percent, with the other 49 percent divided among other investors, and the remaining 2 percent allocated towards the non-profit arm of OpenAI.

Additionally, Microsoft is endeavouring to incorporate OpenAI’s language into its offerings, like Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word apps. To facilitate this, the tech giant is expected to experiment and conceive a new OpenAI language to enhance the user experience by better streamlining Outlook search results. According to the purported changes, users would seamlessly find what they’re looking for in Outlook search results without using relevant keywords in emails. Microsoft is also seeking to enhance the AI functionality so that Word users receive better writing suggestions and emailing tips. Achieving this would enable Microsoft to rapidly market the newly improvised OpenAI offerings.

Microsoft is already known for utilising a plethora of AI for finetuning acoustics, echo, and minimizing interruptions, in its productivity apps. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Windows and Surface head, remarked that AI is going to redefine how users accomplish tasks on Windows, at a CES event last week.

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