Anthropic unveils AI chatbot Claude in EU

By expanding its user base, Claude aims to capture a broader market by offering availability via the web and iPhones throughout the EU, including non-EU nations like Switzerland and Iceland

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Anthropic, an AI startup backed by tech giants Google and Amazon.com, announced the European release of its generative AI chatbot, Claude, set for Tuesday. The new AI tool places Claude in direct competition with Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT, renowned for its record-breaking 100 million monthly active users just two months post-launch.

While Claude has been accessible online in several countries, this marks its debut availability via the web and iPhones throughout the EU, including non-EU nations like Switzerland and Iceland. Additionally, European businesses can opt for the ‘Claude Team’ plan for €28 ($30.21) per month before value-added tax.

Anthropic, founded by former OpenAI executives and siblings Dario and Daniela Amodei, recently entered the corporate AI market fray by launching a business-oriented version of Claude. This business-oriented tool potentially pits Anthropic against its own backers, Amazon and Google, as they vie for a share of the burgeoning AI business spending.

Dario Amodei, Anthropic’s CEO and co-founder, emphasised Claude’s widespread utility, saying that millions of people worldwide are already using Claude to do things like accelerate scientific processes, enhance customer service or refine their writing. With its European rollout, Anthropic anticipates further innovation and adoption across diverse sectors and businesses.