Microsoft Announces Multi-year Partnership with Mistral AI

Microsoft Announces Multi-year Partnership with Mistral AI

Microsoft and Mistral AI have announced a multi-year partnership aimed at accelerating AI innovation and unlocking new commercial opportunities. This collaboration brings together two powerhouses in the AI field, both committed to fostering the open-source community, achieving exceptional performance, and developing trustworthy, scalable, and responsible AI solutions.

Arthur Mensch, Chief Executive Officer of Mistral AI, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, "We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with Microsoft. With Azure’s cutting-edge AI infrastructure, we are reaching a new milestone in our expansion, propelling our innovative research and practical applications to new customers everywhere."

The partnership focuses on three core areas. First, Microsoft will support Mistral AI with Azure AI supercomputing infrastructure, delivering best-in-class performance and scale for AI training and inference workloads for Mistral AI’s flagship models. Second, Microsoft and Mistral AI will make Mistral AI’s premium models available to customers through the Models as a Service (MaaS) in the Azure AI Studio and Azure Machine Learning model catalog. Lastly, both companies will explore collaboration around training purpose-specific models for select customers, including European public sector workloads.

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Mistral Large achieves strong performance on tests of reasoning, knowledge, coding, math and cross-lingual understanding and is second only to OpenAI’s GPT-4

Microsoft has also announced the availability of Mistral AI’s flagship commercial model, Mistral Large, first on Azure AI and the Mistral AI platform. Mistral Large is a general-purpose language model capable of delivering on any text-based use case thanks to its state-of-the-art reasoning and knowledge capabilities. It is proficient in code and mathematics, can process dozens of documents in a single call, and handles French, German, Spanish, and Italian in addition to English.

The integration of Mistral models into the Azure AI model catalog accessible through Azure AI Studio and Azure Machine Learning provides Microsoft customers with a diverse selection of the best state-of-the-art and open-source models for crafting and deploying custom AI applications.

To get started with Mistral Large on Azure AI, visit the Mistral Large model card and sign in with your Azure subscription.

Chris McKay is the founder and chief editor of Maginative. His thought leadership in AI literacy and strategic AI adoption has been recognized by top academic institutions, media, and global brands.

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