Microsoft’s Strategic Shift: Embracing Smaller Language Models with Phi-2

Microsoft has unveiled Phi-2, the latest in its Small Language Model (SLM) series, at Ignite 2023. The model, developed by Microsoft’s Research Wing, boasts 2.7 billion parameters and rivals models 150 times larger. The rise of SLMs like Phi-2, which offer cost-efficiency and precision, is seen as a response to the high costs and broad data sets associated with Large Language Models (LLMs). Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, announced that Phi-2 will soon be available as an open-source model in Microsoft’s catalogue of models-as-a-service.
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