EU opens investigation into Microsoft’s deal with Mistral AI

The European Union is scrutinising Microsoft’s deal with French tech startup Mistral AI.

Microsoft announced plans to make Mistral’s AI models available through its Azure cloud computing platform on Monday.

Microsoft also made a 15 million euro investment in Mistral, but held no equity.

The European Commission is looking to analyse the Microsoft-Mistral deal, as part of its ongoing scrutiny of big tech’s AI partnerships.

Throughout negotiations over the EU’s wide-ranging AI Act, Mistral lobbied for looser rules for some models, with advocates warning that strict rules risked undermining European companies’ ability to compete with big tech.

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