Microsoft, which has invested billions in OpenAI, learned that OpenAI was ousting CEO Sam Altman just a minute before the news was shared publicly. The sudden announcement caught Microsoft off guard, as the tech giant had no prior knowledge of the internal disputes within OpenAI that led to Altman's departure.
OpenAI announced late Friday that CEO Sam Altman is stepping down, citing a lack of confidence in his ability from the company's board. The decision to remove Altman came as a surprise, leaving many unanswered questions about the future direction of OpenAI and its relationship with Microsoft.
Despite Altman's ousting, OpenAI plans to secure further financial backing from its biggest investor, Microsoft. The tech giant, heavily invested in OpenAI, has expressed its commitment to supporting the company and its flagship product, ChatGPT.