- Microsoft has invested billions in OpenAI, taking a board seat; this has prompted antitrust scrutiny in the UK and EU over potential anti-competitive effects.
- Microsoft CEO Nadella argues the OpenAI partnership actually promotes AI competition against integrated players.
- With Microsoft’s stock reaching record highs amid AI advancements like ChatGPT integration, Nadella says the company’s focus remains on innovation not stock prices.
Microsoft’s Investment in OpenAI
Microsoft has invested at least $10 billion in OpenAI over the past few years. The tech giant also recently took a silent seat on OpenAI’s board.
This partnership has prompted antitrust regulators in the UK and EU to consider potential merger probes.
Nadella Defends the Partnership
Speaking to reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Nadella argued that the partnership promotes competition in AI.
“If we want competition in AI against some of the players who are completely already integrated, I think partnerships is one avenue of in fact having competition,” he said.
Nadella assumed regulators would question whether the partnership supports competition. “For me it’s a no-brainer,” he stated.
Microsoft Surpasses Apple in Market Value
Nadella also discussed Microsoft recently surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable company.
He appeared unfazed by Microsoft’s success, saying “The last thing you want to do is to fixate on the stock price, which we know means nothing in terms of what happens tomorrow.”
While the OpenAI partnership has raised regulatory concerns, Nadella firmly believes it promotes healthy competition in AI. As Microsoft continues innovating in AI, its growth remains unchecked.