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Anthropic Launches Enterprise Plan and iPhone App, Challenging OpenAI’s ChatGPT

ByHuey Yee Ong

May 5, 2024
Anthropic Launches Enterprise Plan and iPhone App, Challenging OpenAI's ChatGPT

Anthropic Launches Enterprise Plan and iPhone App, Challenging OpenAI’s ChatGPT

Anthropic, a generative artificial intelligence startup, has launched its first enterprise solution alongside a new iPhone application.

As of Wednesday, May 1st, businesses can subscribe to Anthropic’s “Team” plan, which facilitates enhanced AI interactions for various industries, while individual users gain access to the company’s services through a newly released iOS app. This move positions Anthropic as a formidable competitor in a market dominated by tech giants like OpenAI and Google.

Founded by former OpenAI research executives and supported by major investors such as Google, Salesforce, and Amazon, Anthropic has rapidly ascended in the tech world, securing approximately $7.3 billion across five funding rounds within the last year.

Anthropic New Team Plan

The newly announced enterprise plan, named the “Team” plan, was developed after engaging in beta-testing with 30 to 50 customers across various sectors, including technology, financial services, legal services, and healthcare. Priced at $30 per user per month, this plan requires a minimum subscription for five users.

It offers extensive features such as access to the latest Claude models, increased usage limits, administrative tools, and advanced billing management. Additionally, it extends the “context window,” allowing users to engage in multi-step conversations and upload substantial documents like research papers and legal contracts.

Anthropic iPhone App

In parallel with its business-tier offering, Anthropic has launched its first iOS app, which is free for all users and synchronizes with web-based chats. The app also supports uploading photos and files from a smartphone. Plans for an Android app are underway, with the company recently hiring its first Android engineer.

Looking ahead, Anthropic is also preparing to launch an Android version of its app, signaling ongoing expansion and adaptation to user needs. This initiative is already underway, with the company having hired its first Android engineer, who is set to start the following week.

This announcement follows the debut of Claude 3, described as the company’s fastest and most powerful suite of AI models yet, which includes Claude 3 Opus, Sonnet, and Haiku. Claude 3 Opus is touted as surpassing OpenAI’s GPT-4 and Google’s Gemini Ultra in industry benchmark tests, covering undergraduate-level knowledge, graduate-level reasoning, and basic mathematics.

Furthermore, this is the first time Anthropic has included multimodal support, allowing the upload and processing of diverse data types such as photos, charts, documents, and other types of unstructured data.

Anthropic also shared that notable clients like Pfizer, Asana, Zoom, Perplexity AI, and Bridgewater Associates are currently using Claude. The AI industry, in general, has seen a massive influx of investment, with $29.1 billion invested across nearly 700 deals in 2023, demonstrating the growing importance and integration of AI technologies across various sectors.

Navigating Ethical AI Use

On the topic of AI ethics and use, particularly concerning military applications, Anthropic aligns with OpenAI’s revised stance, where it does not restrict the industry but prohibits use in activities that could cause harm, such as weapons development. This policy reflects a cautious approach to the potential societal impacts of AI technology.

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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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