Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., November 15, 2023.

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, hinted at the potential for Sam Altman’s return to OpenAI, despite Altman’s recent announcement to join Microsoft’s AI innovation division.

Nadella expressed openness to both scenarios, indicating a willingness for Altman to join Microsoft while acknowledging that the decision ultimately rests with OpenAI’s board, management, and employees.

Amidst Altman’s sudden dismissal from OpenAI, Microsoft’s substantial $13 billion investment in the company maintains a keen interest in Altman’s future involvement.

The upheaval following Altman’s firing saw OpenAI’s president resign and prompted threats of mass resignations from hundreds of employees. In response, OpenAI appointed interim CEOs, including Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear, while Microsoft confirmed Altman’s hiring, boosting its stock to an all-time high.

Reports circulating amidst this leadership shuffle hinted at Altman contemplating a return to OpenAI, adding complexity to the evolving situation.

Nadella reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to both OpenAI and Altman, emphasizing their desire for a positive outcome regardless of the arrangement. He also acknowledged the need for governance changes within OpenAI, hinting at a possible shift in strategy.

The evolving narrative underscores the dynamic nature of Altman’s potential involvement with both Microsoft and OpenAI, signaling ongoing developments in the AI landscape.