November 28, 2023

Microsoft on edge with OpenAI’s Sam Altman a free agent

It was a curler coaster of a weekend after the late Friday shock firing of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who introduced AI chatbot ChatGPT to the lots. Now, rumors are swirling over his subsequent transfer.

For Microsoft, which is the most important investor in OpenAI with a stake valued round a reported $13 billion, the scenario has escalated to a “Game of Thrones” stage, in keeping with Dan Ives, analyst at Wedbush Securities.


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“The biggest worry is the Altman sweepstakes end up in the Google or Amazon backyard which would be a nightmare for MSFT [Microsoft],” he wrote in a word to shoppers on Sunday.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, proper, speaks as OpenAI CEO Sam Altman appears to be like on throughout the first-ever OpenAI DevDay convention on Nov. 6, 2023, in San Francisco. Altman delivered the keynote handle. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned by way of X (previously Twitter) that the corporate stays dedicated to OpenAI with out particularly addressing the shake-up or Altman, however he did give a nod to Mira Murati, who replaced Altman on an interim foundation.

“We have a long-term agreement with OpenAI with full access to everything we need to deliver on our innovation agenda and an exciting product [road map]; and remain committed to our partnership, and to Mira and the team,” in keeping with a portion of the publish.

Microsoft, as of Sunday night, didn’t reply to FOX Business’ request for remark nor did Google. Amazon declined to remark.

Microsoft shares have gained greater than 54% this 12 months partially as a result of firm’s deeper push into AI throughout multi-industries and its personal cloud enterprise.

“Nadella and Microsoft do not want to lose Altman, [who] is the golden child of AI globally, and the growing consensus from Silicon Valley and Wall Street is that the days for this four-person board are numbered and Altman will be back at OpenAI and ultimately Microsoft in an even stronger position to control OpenAI’s strategic direction,” Ives mentioned. 

Inquiries by FOX Business to OpenAI had not responded on the time of publication.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks throughout the first-ever OpenAI DevDay convention on Nov. 6, 2023, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

The small board consists of chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Quora CEO and impartial director Adam D’Angelo, impartial director entrepreneur Tasha McCauley and Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology’s Helen Toner.

Greg Brockman, co-founder of OpenAI and an ally of Altman, stop in protest after the dismissal.

Altman might return to OpenAI with inside efforts by its traders, together with Microsoft, in keeping with the Wall Street Journal. Brockman may very well be a part of that deal, per experiences.


After Altman was ousted, he started hatching plans to launch a new AI firm shortly thereafter, in keeping with experiences by The Information and New York Times (NYT), citing sources acquainted with the matter.

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The NYT added that Altman could have pitched a number of concepts for brand spanking new AI tasks to traders in latest months, together with making custom-made AI chips that would compete with Nvidia and an AI {hardware} system.


Nvidia is to report quarterly outcomes on Tuesday after its shares have clocked positive factors of greater than 230% this 12 months because it cements the lead in AI.

FOX Business’ Eric Revell, Timothy Nerrozi, Andrea Vacchiano and Greg Wehner contributed to this report.