Microsoft’s FOMO after seeing Google AI drove investment in OpenAI

A 2019 email from Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Scott, revealed concerns about capability gaps between Microsoft, Google, and OpenAI.

Initially dismissive of OpenAI and Google’s efforts, Scott later realized Microsoft was behind in model training and NLP infrastructure.

Microsoft invested a billion dollars in OpenAI in 2019, leading to the integration of AI services across its technology stack.

The released documents shed light on Microsoft’s worries about falling behind in AI and its efforts to catch up with competitors.

Microsoft’s CEO testified in the US government’s antitrust trial against Google, highlighting the competition between the two tech giants.


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