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Microsoft Bolsters AI Division with Inflection AI Co-Founders


Microsoft has brought on board Mustafa Suleyman and Karen Simonyan, along with some of their team members, from the notable AI startup, Inflection AI. This move is part of Microsoft's ongoing efforts to attract top talent under the leadership of Satya Nadella.

Suleyman, who co-founded DeepMind before, now assumes the role of EVP and CEO of Microsoft AI, overseeing the newly formed consumer AI unit, named Microsoft AI. On the other hand, Simonyan joins Microsoft as the chief scientist within the same unit. Both will be reporting directly to CEO Nadella.

Microsoft is gearing up to showcase its latest advancements in AI for consumers during an upcoming event focusing on Microsoft Copilot, Windows, and Surface.

It's worth noting that Microsoft has been closely associated with Inflection AI, having led a significant $1.3 billion funding round in the startup less than a year ago. At the time, Inflection AI expressed its ambition to build the largest AI cluster globally, powered by 22,000 Nvidia H100 GPUs.

Suleyman, in addition to leading Microsoft AI, will also spearhead AI products and research for Copilot, Bing, and Edge, as he mentioned in a tweet.

Nadella emphasized in a blog post that Microsoft is thrilled to welcome the talented individuals from Inflection AI, highlighting their substantial contributions to advancing AI in recent years.

Founded in 2022 by Reid Hoffman and Suleyman, Inflection AI gained prominence for its work in developing AI systems capable of engaging in open-ended dialogue, answering queries, and assisting with various tasks. Moving forward, Inflection AI will pivot its focus to the AI studio business, concentrating on building and testing customer generative AI models.

As part of this transition, Inflection AI plans to host Inflection-2.5 on Microsoft Azure, aiming to reach creators worldwide. The API itself will soon be operational, available first on Microsoft Azure with plans to expand to other cloud hosting platforms.

Microsoft's commitment to AI innovation has been evident for some time, with Nadella expressing interest in hiring OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman late last year. Nadella reiterated today the company's dedication to advancing AI technologies, ensuring Microsoft remains at the forefront of innovation in this field.

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