Today, Microsoft announced a new partnership with OpenAI, a nonprofit AI research organization co-founded by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever. Together we hope to make significant contributions to advance the field of AI, and make it more accessible to every developer and every organization. Read more about the partnership and why OpenAI chose Microsoft Azure as the primary cloud platform from Harry Shum, Microsoft Executive Vice President of AI and Research and Sam Altman, co-founder, OpenAI.

Extending our commitment to AI, and to help developers and organizations run high performance workloads and build intelligent applications using the power of the cloud, here’s a drill down into a few of the Azure innovations we announced today:

  • Azure N-Series Virtual Machines will be generally available starting in December. Organizations like OpenAI, Esri, City of Hope and Frame are already using the industry-leading accelerated computing and visualization experiences offered by Azure N-Series VMs. These virtual machines powered by NVIDIA® GPUs are designed for the most intensive compute workloads, including deep learning, simulations, rendering and the training of neural networks. They also enable high-end visualization capabilities to allow for workstation and streaming scenarios by utilizing the NVIDIA GRID in Azure.
  • Azure Bot Service, the first public cloud bot service, is now available in preview. Azure Bot Service is powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and serverless compute in Azure. Starting today you can build, connect, deploy and manage intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking – from your app or website to text/sms, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Teams, Kik, Office 365 mail and other popular services. Bots run on Azure Functions, a serverless environment, so that they scale based on demand and you pay only for the resources your bots consume.
  • Azure Functions offers serverless compute on Azure and is generally available today. Azure Functions allows developers to implement code triggered by events occurring in Azure or third party services as well as on-premises systems. Developers can use Azure Functions to build HTTP-based API endpoints accessible by a wide range of applications, mobile and IoT devices. Functions can scale on-demand so you pay only for the resources you consume. Azure Functions uniquely offers integrated Visual Studio tooling support, out of the box Azure and third-party service bindings and continuous deployment to improve developer productivity.

These investments and innovations on Azure are designed to bring you the power of the most intelligent cloud so you can address the evolving needs of your customers.  We look forward to hearing your feedback on these latest releases.

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