Microsoft Partners with One More AI Company

Mistral has just unveiled a new AI model.

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Microsoft announced a multi-year partnership with the AI startup Mistral, aiming to bring its language models to Azure AI. This is the second company to get the honor following the ChatGPT creator OpenAI.

The deal will focus on supercomputing infrastructure as well as AI research and development.

Mistral has also announced Mistral Large, a new advanced text-generation model that has "top-tier reasoning capabilities" and can be used for complex multilingual reasoning tasks, similar to the hugely popular GPT-4.

Here are some facts that probably fueled Microsoft's interest in the company in the first place:

  • It is natively fluent in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian, with a nuanced understanding of grammar and cultural context.
  • Its 32K tokens context window allows precise information recall from large documents.
  • Its precise instruction-following enables developers to design their moderation policies – we used it to set up the system-level moderation of le Chat.
  • It is natively capable of function calling. This, along with constrained output mode, implemented on la Plateforme, enables application development and tech stack modernisation at scale.

Comparison of GPT-4, Mistral Large (pre-trained), Claude 2, Gemini Pro 1.0, GPT 3.5 and LLaMA 2 70B on MMLU (Measuring massive multitask language understanding). Image credit: Mistral

The model is available on Mistral’s infrastructure and also on Azure.

Apart from this, the startup has released its own conversational assistant, Le Chat, that helps you interact with the various models from Mistral AI.

"We are hard at work to make our models as useful and as little opinionated as possible, although much remain to be improved! Thanks to a tunable system-level moderation mechanism, le Chat warns you in a non-invasive way when you’re pushing the conversation in directions where the assistant may produce sensitive or controversial content."

According to The Financial Times (via The Verge) Microsoft will take a minor stake in the AI company, not long after it invested over $10 billion into OpenAI.

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