Microsoft creates a new programming language for quantum computers

At Ignite conference today, Microsoft provided an update on the progress they have made with their Quantum Computer research. Later this year, Microsoft will release a new programming language for quantum computers. This language will be deeply integrated with Visual Studio and will work on both a quantum simulator and a quantum computer.

The thing that makes Microsoft’s efforts in quantum computing interesting is that they are not just interested in building a quantum computer it can show off in a lab somewhere. Instead, they have a plan to deliver a full-fledged topological quantum computing system. That includes hardware capable of consistently running calculations that require tens of thousands of logical qubits to a complete software stack that can program and control the quantum computer.

Microsoft also revealed that they even have a research project focused on cryptography and security in a post-quantum world. Since quantum computers can easily crack the existing security algorithms, Microsoft is working with the industry to prepare quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms.

Learn more about Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts here.

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