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Microsoft invests in French startup Mistral AI, which is developing a multilingual ‘Mistral Large’ model. This model, fluent in five languages, marks a new phase in AI innovation and is available on Microsoft’s Azure platform. While the Dutch language is still missing, the investment puts Europe on the map as a competitor in the global AI market.

Why you need to know this:

Microsoft’s investment in Mistral AI and the launch of its multilingual model underscore advances in artificial intelligence.

Mistral AI’s Mistral Large model is fluent in five languages: French, English, German, Spanish and Italian. This is a remarkable achievement, considering that many powerful AI models, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, struggle to translate from English to other languages, despite being able to process prompts in multiple languages. In contrast, Mistral’s model was built from the ground up with multilingualism in mind, making it a strong competitor to similar technologies developed in the United States.

Founded by former employees of Google AI and Meta, Mistral AI has raised almost €500 million since its inception. This makes Mistral one of the best-funded startups in Europe in the field of AI.

Benefits for businesses and the public

The collaboration between Microsoft and Mistral AI is not only good news for the AI industry, but also for businesses and the public. Statements from customers show that the Mistral Large model has impressive performance, for example in the field of medical terminology, according to Nacim Rahal of Doctolib: a French system for making medical appointments.