Microsoft announces a record investment of 4 billion euros in France

Microsoft announces a record investment of 4 billion euros in France
Microsoft announces a record investment of 4 billion euros in France

The American company will invest this sum to develop its data centers and strengthen its infrastructure in artificial intelligence and the cloud.

Microsoft will invest 4 billion euros in the development of data centers in France to strengthen its infrastructure in artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud, announced the American IT giant before the Choose France summit this Monday, May 13 .

“This is the most important investment we have ever made” in France, said its president Brad Smith in an interview with AFP, and one of the most important abroad for the company. American in AI in recent months, an area in which it is investing massively.

A new data center near Mulhouse

A new Microsoft data center is to be established in eastern France, near Mulhouse, while existing sites, in the Paris region and near Marseille, will be expanded.

These specialized buildings contain the computer servers essential to the proper functioning of cloud and AI technologies, which are very energy-intensive. They will be equipped with the latest generation processors with a capacity of up to 25,000 GPUs, in order to power France’s cloud and artificial intelligence services.

The American giant is also committed to operating 100% on renewable energy, including in its data centers, by 2025.

While he emphasizes that France is already a major player in artificial intelligence, Brad Smith believes that “what France needs is infrastructure”.

“This will allow local companies to use it to train their models in France,” he explained, specifying that Microsoft would not use this data to train its own models.

Microsoft invests heavily in Europe

Microsoft also wants to train nearly a million people in France in AI professions by the end of 2027, through various training programs and partnerships, and provide support to more than 2,500 start-ups over the same period.

With these announcements, Microsoft is further consolidating its presence in France, where the Windows manufacturer announced in February to invest nearly 15 million euros in the French AI start-up Mistral, a gem in its sector.

In recent months, the company created in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen has increased its announcements of investments in AI abroad, including 3.4 billion dollars in Germany, 2.1 billion in Spain and even 2.9 billion in Japan. Present in France since 1983, Microsoft employs more than 2,100 people.

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