Microsoft’s newest programming language will run on yet-to-be developed quantum computers. An anonymous reader quotes CIO Today:
Microsoft said its new quantum computing language, which has yet to be named, is “deeply integrated” into its Visual Basic development environment and does many of the things other standard programming languages do. However, it is specifically designed to allow programmers to create apps that will eventually run on true quantum computers… Like other companies, such as Google and IBM, Microsoft has been working for years to advance quantum computing research to the point where the technology becomes feasible rather than theoretical… Joining Satya Nadella on stage, Fields Medal-winning mathematician Michael Freedman added, “Microsoft’s qubit will be based on a new form of matter called topological matter that also has this property that as the information stored in the matter is stored globally, you can’t find the information in any particular place…” The programming language is expected to be available as a free preview by the end of the year and “also includes libraries and tutorials so developers can familiarize themselves with quantum computing,” Microsoft said.
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