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Microsoft Quantum research highlights at APS March Meeting 

Since last year’s American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting was cancelled due to the pandemic, I’ve been looking forward to my yearly fill of meeting old friends and former students, and hearing the latest results in areas that I haven’t been following closely. It won’t be quite the same in this year’s digital format, but...Read more

Modernizing conservation planning software for broader global impact 

Building a more environmentally sustainable future requires having a plan. A plan for how human society can optimally minimize its negative environmental impacts while maximizing the value it derives from Earth’s natural systems. It requires conservation planners and policymakers to weigh up ecological, and economic data points against the socio-economic and geo-political reality that they...Read more

Azure Quantum is now in Public Preview 

Azure Quantum, the world’s first full-stack, public cloud ecosystem for quantum solutions, is now open for business. Developers, researchers, systems integrators, and customers can use it to learn and build solutions based on the latest innovations—using familiar tools in the most trusted public cloud. The unified Azure Quantum ecosystem will accelerate your R&D with access...Read more

Industry leaders showcase solutions at Azure Quantum Developer Workshop 

Learn from our industry-leading partners about the latest developments in quantum computing and optimization solutions at our second Azure Quantum Developer Workshop. At this free workshop on February 2 (8am to 12pm PST), key members of the Azure Quantum ecosystem will share the capabilities they are delivering along with technical demos and a live Q&A...Read more

Myth vs. reality: a practical perspective on quantum computing 

There’s a lot of speculation about the potential for quantum computing, but to get a clearer vision of the future impact, we need to disentangle myth from reality. At this week’s virtual Q2B conference, we take a pragmatic perspective to cut through the hype and discuss the practicality of quantum computers, how to future-proof quantum...Read more

Building a bridge to the future of supercomputing with quantum acceleration 

Using supercomputing and new tools for understanding quantum algorithms in advance of scaled hardware gives us a view of what may be possible in a future with scaled quantum computing. Microsoft’s new Quantum Intermediate Representation (QIR), designed to bridge different languages and different target quantum computation platforms, is bringing us closer to that goal. Several Department...Read more

There’s no better time to join the quantum computing revolution  

It’s an exciting time to be in quantum information science. Investments are growing across the globe, like the recently announced U.S. Quantum Information Science Research Centers, that bring together the best of the public and private sectors to solve the scientific challenges on the path to a commercial-scale quantum computer. While there’s increased research investment worldwide, there are not yet enough skilled developers, engineers, and researchers to take advantage of this emerging quantum revolution.   Here’s where you...Read more

Microsoft’s Charlie Marcus awarded H.C. Ørsted Gold Medal 

Medal, to be awarded by the Queen of Denmark, recognizes outstanding original scientific work in physics or chemistry  The Danish Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science has announced that Charlie Marcus, the Director of the Microsoft Quantum Lab in Copenhagen and Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, is being awarded the H.C. Ørsted Gold Medal.  Charlie is the...Read more

Toshiba joins Azure Quantum, providing Ising machine to solve large combinatorial optimization problems 

Complex optimization problems exist across every industry, such as vehicle routing, supply chain management, risk assessment, portfolio optimization, power grid operations, and many others.   While a number of sophisticated algorithms have been developed that can solve certain optimization problems very efficiently, many real-world optimization problems remain hard to optimize despite the remarkable advancements in both algorithms and...Read more

Microsoft and Copenhagen University researchers create a new kind of quantum device 

In a paper published this week in Nature Physics, a team of researchers from Microsoft and Copenhagen University demonstrated a novel heterostructure with remarkable properties. A heterostructure is, roughly, a device formed out of a sandwich between different solid materials. When the interfaces between the different materials are clean, the device can have properties that...Read more

New research collaboration between U.S. National Laboratories, Microsoft, and universities will accelerate the path to a commercial-scale quantum computer 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the creation of several multidisciplinary Quantum Information Science Research Centers in support of the National Quantum Initiative. Today marks one of the U.S. government’s largest investments in this field. It is also a noteworthy moment for Microsoft, which is providing scientific leadership, in addition to expertise in...Read more