April 19, 2024

Microsoft Expands AI Footprint in Asia with Sarvam AI Partnership

In a strategic move to extend its influence in Asia, global tech giant Microsoft has announced a groundbreaking partnership with the Indian startup Sarvam AI. The collaboration unveiled in a blog post on February 8, focuses on integrating Sarvam’s Indic voice large language model (LLM) into Microsoft’s Azure AI infrastructure, utilizing Azure OpenAI and Machine Learning services to host and expedite the training and scaling of these language models.

This development, as stated by Microsoft, underscores the company’s commitment to “enabling AI-driven growth and innovation in India.” Puneet Chandok, President of Microsoft India and South Asia, emphasized the company’s dedication to supporting India in becoming an “AI-first nation.”

“We are not just supporting homegrown innovation – we are fostering a future where every individual, regardless of their language or background, can benefit from the power of voice-driven AI solutions.”

Puneet Chandok, President of Microsoft India and South Asia

Sarvam AI’s Indic voice LLM is designed to interpret inputs in Indic languages, focusing on contextual understanding. This approach is expected to enhance the precision and cost-effectiveness of applications in the Indian market. Initially, the LLM will introduce a natural voice-based interface in Hindi, catering to the approximately 609 million speakers in the Hindi Belt region.

Microsoft emphasized the natural fit of voice-based interfaces for generative AI applications in Indian languages, showcasing its commitment to creating user-friendly and accessible AI solutions. The partnership is not solely technology-focused; it anticipates collaborations to assist local businesses in the swift and responsible adoption of generative AI.

This announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft’s robust performance in 2023, with end-of-the-year earnings showing an impressive 18% increase over the previous year. The company attributed this growth to the strategic infusion of AI across its entire tech stack.

Notably, Microsoft’s valuation has recently surpassed the $3 trillion mark, overtaking Apple as the most valuable publicly traded company. The tech giant’s expansive strategy extends beyond Asia, as it has also forged partnerships with telecom provider Vodafone and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations in the United States, focusing on worker-centric AI development.

With these strategic moves, Microsoft continues to position itself as a leader in the global AI landscape, leveraging partnerships and technological advancements, to drive innovation and growth across diverse markets.

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