As part of its partnership with AI company OpenAI, Microsoft is making ChatGPT available in its own Azure OpenAI service to allow developers integrate ChatGPT functionality into their respective cloud apps.
“Now with ChatGPT in preview in Azure OpenAI Service, developers can integrate custom AI-powered experiences directly into their own applications,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
Businesses could use ChatGPT to power other custom chatbots in handling queries from customers, providing summaries of conversations, helping to automate emails, creating new copies and much more.
The Windows company also said that Azure OpenAI users can access a preview of ChatGPT from March 13th which is currently priced at $0.002 for 1,000 tokens. Billing for usage also commences on the same date.
Microsoft’s Open AI Service is, “Currently only available to Microsoft-managed customers and partners,” so if you’re a developer who wants to access the service, you’ll need to apply for special access as the Azure OpenAI Service requires registration.
Utilising the power of AI
The company’s partnership with OpenAI has so far proved fruitful as its cloud service features various other AI models from OpenAI such as GPT-3.5, Codex, and DALL-E. Microsoft merges tools like ChatGPT and DALL-E with Azure data handling, scaling and management. The software maker wrote in the blog post that it uses Azure OpenAI to power other services like GitHub Copilot, Microsoft Teams Premium, Viva Sales, and Microsoft’s Bing chatbot.
The company has built a solid relationship with OpenAI and recently extended its partnership by investing $10 billion into the AI company, making Microsoft the exclusive cloud provider for OpenAI.
Microsoft is already commercialising OpenAI’s models and is working on using the AI chatbot to control robots and drones. We’ll soon find out if the company can meet demand from businesses that are looking to integrate generative AI features.
We’ll have more detailed information on Microsoft’s plans with AI during a special event on March 16th at 8AM PT /11AM ET where the software maker will announce “the future of work with AI” as well as demonstrate how its ChatGPT AI can be used in Office apps.