Microsoft's cloud platform customers can now apply to try out the Azure OpenAI Service preview with coding and large language models, as it is now generally available.
The artificial intelligence offering is done in partnership with the OpenAI research company.
Microsoft said developers have to apply for access to the Azure OpenAI Service and describe their intended use case or application.
This, Microsoft said, is to limit abusive, hateful and offensive content, both in input and output, with filters designed to catch such material.
Artificial intelligence models include the Generative Pre-Trained Transfomer (GPT) 3.5, the Codex AI that translates natural language to code, and the DALL-E 2 image creation AI.
The popular ChatGPT conversational AI which Microsoft intends to integrate in its Bing search engine, is scheduled to arrive to the Azure OpenAI Service as well.
We've learned a lot from the ChatGPT research preview and have been making important updates based on user feedback. ChatGPT will be coming to our API and Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service soon.— OpenAI (@OpenAI) January 17, 2023
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Microsoft said the Azure OpenAI service powers its own products, including the GitHub CoPilot for programmers and Power BI which uses GPT-3 natural language to automatically create formulae and expressions.
The Microsoft Designer content creation tool also uses Azure OpenAI Service.
Azure OpenAI Service is available in four United States region only currently.
Standard instance pricing starts at NZ$0.000633 for Base Series with Ada model inferencing per 1000 tokens.
There is also a free tier for 30 days use, with US$200 credit.
The software giant is believed to have sunk a further US$10 billion investment into OpenAI this month