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Oracle Looks to AI and Microsoft Partnership to Lift Cloud Business

The Tech Company Hopes an AI Update to its Flagship Database Software and the Recent Expansion of its Microsoft Collaboration Will Boost Cloud Sales

Oracle said it is adding artificial-intelligence features to its flagship database software, a move aimed at boosting its sales pitch for its cloud-computing platform.

Using Oracle’s Database 23ai service, businesses can search their private data by asking questions in plain English rather than writing specialized code. Developers also can use the generative AI search-and-answer capability with other applications that are stored in Oracle’s database in the cloud, the company said Thursday.

For Oracle, whose cloud platform remains a nascent offering compared with Amazon’s and Microsoft’s, more usage of its database software with the new AI services can turn into increased usage of its cloud.