Microsoft Shoots for AI Integration As Layoffs at the Company Continue

Microsoft Shoots for AI Integration As Layoffs at the Company Continue

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the future of AI in the workplace in Davos this week.
  • His comments come as the company began its first round of layoffs, expected to total 10,000 employees.
  • The increased availability of Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service follows the integration of AI within the company’s own products such as Excel and Bing.

Microsoft is betting big on artificial intelligence by integrating the technology into emails, slideshows and spreadsheets in the workplace – as part of its ongoing partnership with OpenAI, the company behind the wildly popular chatbot ChatGPT.

The tech giant announced earlier this week that it had access to its Azure OpenAI Service, which uses Microsoft’s cloud computing technology to allow companies to use AI tools like ChatGPT, according to a company press release.

“With the Azure OpenAI Service now generally available, more businesses can apply for access to the world’s most advanced AI models,” the announcement says.

The launch of Azure OpenAI Service follows Microsoft’s integration of OpenAI technology into its own products such as Excel, PowerPoint and Bing, the Washington Post reported, and continues a broad trend in big technology that includes the current generation of AI technology.

It also comes after reports that the company was in talks to invest $10 billion in OpenAI by the end of 2022, after initially investing $1 billion in the company in 2019.

Speaking at a Wall Street Journal panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company plans to soon commercialize AI tools across its products.

“Every Microsoft product will have some of the same AI capabilities to completely transform the product,” Nadella said, according to the Journal.

Nadella went on to say that workers should embrace new AI tools instead of fearing them, the Journal reported.

“The best way to prepare for it is not to bet against this technology, and this technology helping you in your job and in your business process,” he said.

But as Microsoft approaches AI for its new products and services, recent widespread delays at the company have disrupted teams working to integrate ChatGPT.

The first wave of about 1,000 layoffs at the company this week included members of the internal team responsible for integrating ChatGPT technology into Bing, Insider reported this week. The company plans to lay off a total of 10,000 workers by March.

Still, Nadella predicted that the current generation of AI will cause a big change in the industry, the Washington Post reported. At a Wall Street Journal panel on Tuesday, he said AI tools will increase human productivity, boosting economic growth and wages.

“We need something that really changes the productivity curve so we can have real economic growth,” he said during the panel.

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