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Microsoft to invest $2.9 billion to expand AI, cloud infra in Japan


Microsoft said on Tuesday it would invest $2.9 billion over two years to expand its cloud and AI infrastructure in Japan, the latest in a series of overseas expansions by large tech firms to support the development of artificial intelligence.

Microsoft’s Azure, Alphabet-unit Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services are the top three cloud computing companies in the world. (AFP/File)

The investment – the company’s largest in the 46 years of its operations in the country – will also go towards skilling three million people in AI and setting up a Microsoft Research Asia lab in Tokyo.

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Server operators are expanding their data centers and cloud computing assets globally to support a boom in AI applications and workloads, after the late 2022 launch of ChatGPT.

Amazon.com’s cloud unit is investing $10 billion in Mississippi and another $5.3 billion in Saudi Arabia towards data centers in those regions. Google is building a data center just outside London for $1 billion.

Microsoft’s Azure, Alphabet-unit Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services are the top three cloud computing companies in the world.

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