Microsoft hires ousted OpenAI boss Sam Altman

Microsoft has hired OpenAI co-founder and former chief executive Sam Altman from his company.

Mr Altman was fired on Friday, less than a year after launching , with saying it “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI”.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was about being blindsided by Mr Altman’s firing, despite the tech giant being a key investor of the artificial intelligence firm.

On Monday, Mr Nadella announced that both Mr Altman and fellow OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman would be joining his company.

“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,” Mr Nadella wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.”

Mr Altman replied to the post: “The mission continues.”