Microsoft to invest $1.7 bn in Indonesia for AI and cloud services

Microsoft will invest $1.7 billion over the next four years into expanding cloud services and artificial intelligence in Indonesia, including building data centres, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said.
Microsoft storesSatya Nadella is visiting Southeast Asian countries such as Indoneisa, Malaysia and Thailand aimed at promoting the U.S. company’s generative AI technology.

Microsoft’s investment will “bring the latest and greatest AI infrastructure to Indonesia,” Nadella said.

Satya Nadella met President Joko Widodo and his cabinet ministers earlier on Tuesday to discuss joint AI research and talent development, Communications Minister Budi Arie Setiadi told reporters.

Microsoft will train 2.5 million people in Southeast Asia in AI use by 2025, Satya Nadella said, including 840,000 in Indonesia.

Microsoft is trying to expand its support for the development of AI globally, including with a $2.9 billion investment in cloud and AI infrastructure in Japan and a $1.5 billion investment in UAE-based AI firm G42.

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