Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will launch Azure Models as a Service, which will aim to build out its OpenAI model offerings with a broader selection.
Nadella, speaking at Microsoft's Ignite 2023 conference, said the company wants to "bring the best selection of open-source models to Azure and do so responsibly."
He added that Azure's models-as-a-service offering will include Stable Diffusion, Llama2 from Meta, Mistral and Jais, the world's largest Arabic language model. Command from Cohere will also be available.
"With models-as-a-service, developers won't have to provision GPUs so they can focus on development and not back-end operations," said Nadella, who noted that customers can fine tune foundational models with their own data. "We want to support models in every language in every country," said Nadella.
- Models as a Service will offer inference APIs and hosted fine tuning for Llama 2 in Azure AI model catalog.
- PayGo inference APIs are billed by the numbers of tokens used.
- Llama2 can be fine-tuned with your own data.
- Content moderation is built into the service.