Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Chairman Greg Brockman will join the tech giant, just days after OpenAI board announced their departure from their positions at the company.
In a post on X, Satya Nadella said, "We’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success."
For the unversed, Microsoft had extended partnership with OpenAI earlier this year in January. It has invested over $10 billion in the company which has been embroiled in a conflict with Altman. He had led the team which created popular chatbot ChatGPT.
OpenAI board had said in its statement that the former CEO was not "consistently candid" in his communications with the board which hindered its ability to carry out its duties. He was initially replaced by CTO Mira Murati but the company later announced former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear as the new chief. While Greg Brockman also lost his role as the chairperson of the board, he was not removed from the company by the board.
However, their joining in Microsoft comes amidst reports of possible return of Altman to OpenAI. Following the announcement of the Altman's firing, Microsoft's stock had fallen by 1.98 per cent. In his post, Nadella maintained that the company has confidence in the current roadmap of its products. He added, "We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI's new leadership team and working with them."