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Microsoft's Chris Young on Bringing AI to Main Street

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Christopher Young, Executive Vice President Business Development, Strategy, and Ventures at Microsoft

"We're in the middle of everything happening with AI" says Microsoft's Chris Young.

Credit: Bloomberg News

Microsoft has spent most of this year touting the promise of artificial intelligence and how it can reshape society. The job for Chris Young, head of Microsoft's corporate strategy, is making sure that hype turns into purchases of Microsoft's AI tools.

Young leads a hundreds-strong team that works with outside partners like Facebook parent Meta Platforms to develop products made with technologies such as augmented reality and generative AI.

There is a lot riding on Microsoft's AI strategy. The company has spent $13 billion backing ChatGPT maker OpenAI, and analysts say it will likely spend billions more building and upgrading its cloud infrastructure for AI. Young says the adoption of Microsoft's AI products needs to be as widespread as its staple offerings like Windows and Excel to fulfill its promise.

Young discusses the challenges and opportunities in an interview.

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