Microsoft partners with Meta to bring Llama 2 to windows and Azure

Part of the executive's strategy is to make Microsoft a benchmark player in the world of artificial intelligence (AI). And while the Redmond giant has long had its own AI lab, Nadella's management style has fostered partnerships with other companies. Thus it was that we saw the birth (and growth) of its relationship with OpenAI. Today, Meta appears on the scene.

Microsoft and Meta join forces
"There is strength in numbers" they say. This slogan, originating in the Netherlands, clearly represents the latest move by the Redmond-based company in its struggle to take on industry giants such as Google. Until today we knew that Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, was working on a new language model to climb the AI race.

This Tuesday we not only learned that the supposed model is a reality, but that it will be available in the catalog of models that Azure customers can use. And, if that wasn't enough, it has been optimized to run locally on Windows. Two important advantages for users, certainly, but also bringing together two giants with a common goal: artificial intelligence.

LLaMA has evolved to Lama 2. The most recent version of the Meta language model is no longer limited to the field of research and finally makes the leap to all users, even for commercial purposes. We are facing a beast that has been trained with 40% more data than the initial version and boasts twice the number of tokens it can receive on each request.

Confirming last week's rumors, Llama 2 is finally available under the open source approach (albeit under community license). To access it and start using it in different projects there are two possible paths: find it within Microsoft's cloud computing platform, Azure, or download the model to run on Windows.

It should be noted that we are facing a significant opening. The possibility of accessing such a model at no cost, opting for its 7B, 13B and 70B parameter variants, is as great as it is challenging.

This is how the 118 new emojis that will soon arrive to whatsap chats look like

Emojis have positioned themselves as one of the main resources to make more interactive the different conversations that can be held through different social networks or messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram or Google Messages.

Thanks to these small images a person can communicate different sensations or emotions in a precise way and without being forced to write a long message to convey their status. In fact, some users have created their own communication codes by attributing other meanings to certain emoticons.

Although currently users of smartphones and digital platforms have the possibility of using about 3,664 emojis in the different messages they share with other people every day, it seems that there are still not enough emoticons for their chats.

Which will be the emojis that will arrive to WhatsApp in 2023
Emojipedia has already offered a small preview of the new emoticon designs that will soon be available. It is worth noting that this time there will not be completely new emoticons, since most of the images that will be incorporated will be generated from a combination of emojis that already exist.

When will the new emojis be available in WhatsApp?

The Emoji 15.1 update will be officially launched in the month of September, so that sometime in the ninth month of 2023, users of devices with the latest versions of Android or iOS will have access to the emoticons that they will be able to use in their WhatsApp chats.

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