Microsoft hires Sam Altman to lead advanced AI research team after OpenAI ousting

Sam Altman is joining Microsoft after shock dismissal from OpenAI last Friday Photograph: Getty Images
Microsoft says Sam Altman will lead its new in-house artificial intelligence team, after OpenAI turns to Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear as interim CEO

Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, has announced the surprise move, which could shake up the AI industry, just hours after it became clear that Altman was not returning to OpenAI.

Perhaps ominously for OpenAI, Nadella says Altman and Brockman will join “together with colleagues”.

Nadella also says that Microsoft – a key investor in OpenAI – is looking forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team.

In a post on X, Nadella says:

We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners.

We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team and working with them.

And we’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.