Microsoft last year released the first public preview of Quantum Development Kit which helped developers learn how to program a quantum computer which is believed to be the future of computing. Since its release, thousands of developers including students, professors, researchers, algorithm designers, and people new to quantum development have explored the Quantum Development Kit. Based on their feedback, Microsoft today announced the first major update to the Quantum Development Kit. Read about them below.
- They are bringing Quantum Development Kit to macOS and Linux. With this developers can build Q# quantum applications on macOS and Linux, including integration with VS Code and quantum simulation support.
- Microsoft has open sourced their quantum development libraries and samples. This will allow developers to re-use them in their own applications and contribute their own enhancements back to the Q# community.
- Since many developers have existing libraries of code in Python, Microsoft is announcing interoperability with Python language. Available as a preview on Windows today, Python interoperability allows Q# code to call Python routines directly, and vice-versa.
- Microsoft has increased the quantum simulator performance by up to 4-5x, giving developers a much faster testing and optimization loop, especially on simulations involving 20 or more qubits.
You can download the updated Quantum Development Kit here.