Microsoft plans AI service with Databricks that could hurt OpenAI: Report

Microsoft is planning to start selling a new version of Databricks software that helps customers make AI apps for their businesses, The Information reported on Thursday

August 18, 2023 09:12 am | Updated 09:12 am IST

Microsoft and Databricks did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment [File]

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Microsoft is planning to start selling a new version of Databricks software that helps customers make AI apps for their businesses, The Information reported on Thursday, citing people with direct knowledge of the plan.

Databricks - a data analytics platform that uses artificial intelligence, which Microsoft would sell through its Azure cloud-server unit - helps companies make AI models from scratch or repurpose open-source models as an alternative to licensing OpenAI's proprietary ones, the report added.

Microsoft and Databricks did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

In July, Microsoft laid out an aggressive spending plan to meet demand for its AI services.

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The company has started integrating AI functionality across its products such as Azure, Microsoft 365, GitHub and several developer tools.

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