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Microsoft announced its latest "multi-year, multi-billion dollar" investment into OpenAI on Monday, cementing its position as the startup's exclusive cloud provider. As far as some are concerned, the Windows giant is the de facto owner of OpenAI, having poured tons of resources into the precocious machine-learning lab so far …

  1. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Ah, the circle of software life

    Invent a technology that can serve humanity.

    Give it away for free.

    Invest in it.

    Monetize it.

    Alter the technology to serve corporate profits.

    Die from customer distrust.

    Die from profits forbidding innovation.

    Lost customers become fertile ground for another company.

    I knew Google wouldn't stay on top for much longer but I wasn't expecting Microsoft to do them in. In hindsight, the Microsoft campus growing in the middle Google HQ was good foreshadowing. Now MS can buy neighboring buildings as Google vacates them.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Ah, the circle of software life

      I'm actually glad it's Microsoft who is involved as it ensures this won't go anywhere. Whoever is going to eventually code SkyNet, it most certainly ain't Microsoft.

      1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

        Re: Ah, the circle of software life

        It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. Fortunately at that point it attempts to do an automatic update, which breaks leaving a BSOD.

  2. captain veg Silver badge

    "Microsoft is reportedly exploring how ChatGPT-esque responses to queries can be used to improve its web search engine Bing, and its Microsoft Office programs, such as Outlook, Powerpoint, and Word."

    It can't.

    I don't need Bing to reply more convincingly. If I need it at all, I need it to give me real and trustworthy information relevant to my search query.

    As for Outlook, Powerpoint and Word, I don't need its opinion at all. Why would I?


    1. steelpillow Silver badge

      "Hi, it looks like you're writing a letter. Can we discuss this?"

  3. Denarius Silver badge

    That explains something

    So these AI chat systems are also supposed to help write code. That explains UI Windows 8.x to Win 10 and subsequent patch disasters.

    1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

      Re: That explains something

      What do you get if you feed the W10 source code to Chat-GPT?

      Windows 11...

    2. PeterM42

      Re: That explains something

      SPOT ON, Denarius.

      It is so easy to spot when Bill Gates gave up - windows 7 and Office 2010. After that it all went downhill.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Microsoft shares our values

    this was written by OpenAI?

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