Indian generative AI startup, Sarvam AI, is partnering with Microsoft to introduce its Indic voice large language model (LLM) on Azure.
What Happened: Sarvam AI announced its collaboration with Microsoft on Thursday, aiming to utilize Azure AI and Azure Infrastructure to build and deploy their voice LLM stack. The partnership is expected to allow developers to construct generative AI apps on a larger scale and facilitate enterprises to adopt generative AI swiftly and responsibly.
Sarvam AI’s Indic Voice LLM, designed to offer a natural voice-based interface to LLMs, will initially be available in Hindi. The firm is also planning to extend its coverage to more Indian languages while ensuring support for colloquial language use.
The collaboration will also see Sarvam AI using Microsoft's advanced cloud and AI infrastructure, including Azure OpenAI Service and Azure Machine Learning, to train, host, and scale its LLMs quickly and efficiently.
Puneet Chandok, president of Microsoft India & South Asia, reiterated Microsoft’s commitment to enabling AI for everyone, empowering India's transformation into an AI-first nation. “Through our collaboration with Sarvam AI, we are fostering a future where every individual, regardless of their language or background, can benefit from the power of voice-driven AI solutions,” he added.
Microsoft’s collaboration with Sarvam AI is another step in its ongoing efforts to promote AI in India. Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella – who is currently visiting India – praised Karya, a startup creating datasets for AI in several Indian languages.
Microsoft has also collaborated with Tata Communications to enhance voice calling on Microsoft Teams for Indian businesses. Furthermore, Nadella announced a new initiative to equip over 2 million people in India with AI skills, highlighting Microsoft’s commitment to shaping the future workforce in India and creating new job opportunities.
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