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Microsoft And Google Face Rising Costs In AI Development Race
Microsoft and Google anticipate rising costs in AI development, impacting shares despite strong cloud growth.
Microsoft and Google's recent declarations of escalating expenses in the development of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) products have tempered investor enthusiasm. Despite strong quarterly results, both companies' shares dipped due to anticipated heavy investments in data centers and servers essential for generative AI. Microsoft's shares fell by 1%, while Alphabet experienced a near 6% drop.
Generative AI's Impact On Cloud Computing And Advertising
Microsoft's integration of OpenAI's technology in its software services, particularly in cloud computing, resulted in a 20% increase in cloud revenues to $25.9 billion, surpassing expectations. However, the company predicts a slight deceleration in cloud division growth. Alphabet's move to incorporate its generative AI service, Gemini Ultra, into advertising and cloud businesses, is a key strategy, despite narrowly missing advertising revenue expectations.
Financial Commitments And Market Dynamics
Microsoft's commitment of up to $13 billion to OpenAI has propelled its market value to $3 trillion, overtaking Apple as the world's largest company.
Microsoft Azure's AI services contributed to a 6 percentage point increase in revenues, while Google Cloud awaits the launch of Gemini Ultra. Both companies face increased capital expenditures in 2024 for AI infrastructure, with Microsoft focusing on an "AI-first" workforce approach.
Future Outlook And Competitive Landscape
The generative AI race is reshaping the competitive landscape, with companies like AMD adjusting AI chip sales estimates due to accelerated deployment by clients like Microsoft. With total revenues reaching $62 billion in the final quarter of 2023, Microsoft remains ahead of forecasts.
As AI continues to drive growth in the tech sector, companies are balancing the need for substantial investments against the promise of transformative technological advancements.
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