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Microsoft Ignite 2017: Everything that was just announced

Microsoft Ignite 2017: Everything that was just announced”

It also shared how quantum computers could help solve some of our planet's biggest challenges. That's quite the claim, and it may lead companies into becoming interested in quantum computers, if they weren't already, thus making the quantum computing revolution a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Furthermore, day one witnessed the creation of a new programming language optimised for exploiting scalable quantum computers and deep integration of the programming language into Visual Studio.

Quantum computing is basically the next stage in the tech industry, wherein data can be processed several thousand or even millions of times faster than with conventional computers.

In addition to the new tiers, Microsoft is adding new features to Microsoft 365 designed around more personalized search.

Quantum computers could make testing new drugs or researching new types of material a process of weeks or months instead of decades, once they're powerful enough. "I think that's where quantum plays a role", Nadella said. Besides Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, IBM and Google are also hard at work on quantum computing. It plans to do this by building one from scratch, including the computer chips and the accompanying OS.

Machine learning isn't always overtly tantalizing or controversial: sometimes, it's just ... boring and useful. On immediately tangible impact it could have, Microsoft says, is in drastically speeding up the time it takes to process an AI training algorithm.

Despite having seemingly mystical and magical properties, Microsoft sees a real future where quantum computing has practical benefits.

Microsoft on Monday announced updates to its Azure public cloud that make it a more formidable challenger to market leader Amazon Web Services.

ZDNet reports a new AI-powered tool for data scientists from Microsoft called Pendleton that uses its smarts to "do things like remove errant columns, change formatting in columns, handle missing data" in data sets.

Microsoft describes the language as assisting it on its "path to building the first topological qubit, a robust type of quantum bit that ...will serve as the basis for a scalable, general objective quantum computer system - and mark a profound breakthrough in the field of quantum physics". They can also simulate programs that require up to 30 logical qubits of power on individual PCs, and select Azure customers will also be able simulate problems on up to 40 logical qubits of power. It's created to work at a higher level of abstraction, so that developers without quantum expertise can actually call quantum subroutines, or write sequences of programming instructions, working up to writing a complete quantum program.



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