Microsoft’s Biggest Investment in UK for AI Growth

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This move by Microsoft marks a turnaround in its stance towards the UK, especially after its president expressed concerns about the tech industry’s confidence in Britain.

Microsoft Corp. has committed to a significant investment of 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) in the United Kingdom over the next three years. This investment, the largest by the company in Britain to date, is set to bolster the UK’s growth in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

The deal includes the introduction of over 20,000 advanced Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to the UK. These GPUs are crucial for machine learning and the development of AI technologies. Additionally, Microsoft’s investment encompasses a comprehensive training program to equip the British workforce with the necessary skills for building and working with AI technologies.

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Microsoft’s investment, announced during a summit led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, will crucially expand the company’s data center capacity in the UK. This expansion is vital for the development and functioning of advanced AI models. The British government is actively seeking private investments to fund new infrastructure projects, particularly in burgeoning industries like AI.

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Prime Minister Sunak, in a statement on Thursday, heralded the investment as a transformative moment for AI infrastructure and development in Britain. This move by Microsoft marks a significant turnaround in its stance towards the UK, especially after its president Brad Smith expressed concerns in April about the tech industry’s confidence in Britain following an adverse decision by the UK’s antitrust regulator.

The change in Microsoft’s outlook came after the UK regulator approved a revised version of Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Smith, while hosting Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt at a data center under construction in North London, affirmed Microsoft’s dedication to ensuring the UK has leading AI infrastructure.

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