OpenAI’s app store for AI, the GPT store, will not launch this year as announced, but at an unspecified date in early 2024, according to the company. The delay is almost certainly due to the change in leadership that took place in November, shortly after the original announcement.

The news was first reported by Axios, which received the memo sent to users and developers. It states, among other things: “We are now planning to launch the GPT Store early next year. We originally planned to release it this month, but a few unexpected things have kept us on our toes!” It also mentioned some upcoming improvements to the new feature, such as a better configuration interface and debug messages.

I have contacted OpenAI and others for more information and will update when they respond.

The launch of the store this month caused a stir when it was officially announced at the OpenAI Dev Day conference in November. While there was a working mockup of the store itself and some of the fine-tuned models, called GPTs, on display, there were many unanswered questions.

In a Q&A session with the briefly dethroned CEO Sam Altman and CTO Mira Murati, I asked about the company’s plans for the store in terms of charging customers and paying developers. Their response was essentially, “We’ll see”

Considering that the launch plan was very loose and that at least a full week’s work was probably lost in the brief but intense battle between the board and CEO, the delay is no great surprise. With the winter vacations coming up, the idea of launching a major product under duress while dealing with a new board and other priorities was probably not a good start.
Considering that the plan for the launch was very loose and that probably at least a full week of work was lost due to the short but intense battle between the board and CEO, the delay is not a big surprise. With the winter vacations coming up, the idea of launching an important product under duress while dealing with a new board and other priorities was probably a no-go.

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