Microsoft AI: Rumoured AI Product Could Advance Global Tech

Microsoft continues to invest in enterprise AI around the world, with new models expected to continue to expand its industry-leading portfolio

According to recent reports, Microsoft is training a new in-house AI language model.

It has been suggested that the AI tool could be large enough to compete with other existing models from Google, Anthropic and even OpenAI. The new model, referred to as MAI-1, has not been confirmed by Microsoft, nor does it have a confirmed use case at this time. However, as reported by The Information, Microsoft could preview the new model at its Build developer conference later in May 2024.

The report comes shortly after Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman was announced as the new AI CEO of Microsoft. It is reported that Mustafa is overseeing this new project.

AI Magazine considers some of Microsoft’s other recent AI innovations, as the company continues to expand its technological presence worldwide.

Microsoft seeks to establish itself as the AI leader

The tech giant is continuing to establish itself as a world leader in AI by investing in multiple key locations worldwide.

It recently overtook Apple as the world’s most valuable company, having embraced the generative AI (Gen AI) revolution. One of its most talked about AI developments, Microsoft Copilot, which debuted at the start of 2023 is now built into its Windows 11 operating system. Described as an ‘AI assistant at work,’ the tool builds on Bing Chat Enterprise and includes responsible AI privacy.

Likewise, Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI, in addition to its 49% company stake, and deployed its technology across a range of productivity software to take an early lead in the Gen AI race.

In addition to its enterprise investments and partnerships, Microsoft has committed itself to advancing AI in companies all over the world. Most recently, for example, it invested US$1.7bn in Indonesia to offer new cloud and AI infrastructure, AI skilling initiatives and wider support for the country’s growing developer community. 

Other countries the company has invested in include India, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany and the United Kingdom, among others.

Microsoft’s overarching strategy is to facilitate economic growth in line with AI, in addition to ensuring the technology is developed and deployed in a responsible and ethical way.

Expanding its AI product portfolio

Microsoft is also committed to enhancing its AI offerings. In April 2024, the company announced a smaller AI model called Phi-3-mini, the company’s most capable and cost-effective small language models (SLMs) available. The goal with this release was to expand the selection of high-quality models for customers and offer more practical choices as they compose and build Gen AI applications.

The tech giant has been setting aside servers equipped with Nvidia’s graphic processing units (GPUs), alongside large amounts of data, to improve the rumoured MAI-1, according to The Information. This is because the model is expected to be larger than previous Microsoft models and will therefore require more computing power and training data.

It has been stated that MAI-1 will have roughly 500 billion parameters.

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