The leading artificial intelligence provider, OpenAI, announced Monday that it is releasing a version of ChatGPT aimed at large enterprises, increasing the overlap in what OpenAI and its sponsor Microsoft offer to customers.
ChatGPT Enterprise offers better security, privacy, and faster access to OpenAI technology, the company says. Early customers include Block, Carlyle and Estée Lauder Cos.
When OpenAI released the consumer-focused ChatGPT in November, it sparked a rapid deployment of generative AI in everyday tasks from writing to coding, hitting 100 million monthly active users in January.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that many people in the US have used ChatGPT to help with work-related tasks despite their employers discouraging it.
With the launch of ChatGPT Enterprise, OpenAI hopes employers will feel comfortable using ChatGPT in the workplace.
Microsoft already offers businesses access to ChatGPT through its Azure OpenAI service. However, in order to use it, companies must be customers of Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.
ChatGPT Enterprise subscribers don’t need to subscribe to Azure, OpenAI said. OpenAI and Microsoft have already rolled out overlapping services, and it’s unclear how fiercely the two companies are competing for customers.