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Microsoft Dives Deeper into AI with Mistral AI Investment

Microsoft's strategic investment in Mistral AI, showcasing the collaboration on Azure's platform for advancing AI technology.

Big Moves in AI Land

Microsoft just dropped €15 million (that’s about $16.3 million) into Mistral AI, a hot AI startup out of Paris. This isn’t just throwing money around; it’s a strategic move. They’re buying into Mistral’s future, grabbing a slice of the equity pie in the next funding round without messing with the company’s market value.

What’s Mistral Large?

Mistral AI isn’t just sitting pretty with Microsoft’s cash; they’ve got skin in the game. They’ve rolled out Mistral Large, their answer to the heavyweight champs like GPT-4. But there’s a twist – it’s not for everyone. You’ve got to go through their API platform to get a piece of the action, leaving the open-source world behind.

Partnering Up

Microsoft and Mistral AI are getting cozy with a distribution deal on Azure. This could be a game-changer, putting Mistral Large right in the lap of Azure’s massive user base.

The Bigger Picture

This move isn’t just a big deal for Microsoft and Mistral AI; it’s making waves all over. Microsoft, already buddies with OpenAI, is doubling down on its AI bets. But with big money comes big attention, and the European Commission is peeking over the fence, wondering about the implications of these tech giants diving deep into the generative AI pool.

What’s Next?

This partnership is more than a handshake and a check. With both companies looking to leave a mark. But as they push forward, they’ll need to navigate the tricky waters of innovation, competition, and regulation. The AI race is heating up, and Microsoft and Mistral AI are gearing up for the marathon.

Image credit: Mistral