Tech giant Microsoft to open new AI hub in London

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Microsoft has announced that it is opening a new artificial intelligence (AI) hub in London, focused on product development and research.

The news comes a few days after Microsoft created Microsoft AI, an organization to help advance its consumer AI products and research, including Copilot.

The company said that Microsoft AI London will drive pioneering work to advance state-of-the-art language models and their supporting infrastructure, and to create world-class tooling for foundation models, collaborating closely with our AI teams across Microsoft and with our partners, including OpenAI.

The new AI hub will be led by Jordan Hoffmann, an exceptional AI scientist and engineer. Prior to joining Microsoft AI, Hoffmann distinguished himself as an AI pioneer at Inflection and DeepMind, based in London. Hoffmann will be joined by a talented group of Microsoft AI team members based in our London Paddington office.

Microsoft said in a statement that, “There is an enormous pool of AI talent and expertise in the UK, and Microsoft AI plans to make a significant, long-term investment in the region as we begin hiring the best AI scientists and engineers into this new AI hub.”

The Microsoft AI London hub adds to Microsoft’s existing presence in the U.K., including the Microsoft Research Cambridge lab, home to some of the foremost researchers in the areas of AI, cloud, and productivity.

At the same time, it builds off Microsoft’s recently announced $3.1 billion (£2.5 billion) investment to upskill the UK workforce for the AI era and to build the infrastructure to power the AI economy, including our commitment to bring 20,000 of the most advanced GPUs to the country by 2026.

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