Microsoft is interested in quantum computing

One of the largest IT company is the world shows interest to the computer of the future
26 September 2017   1431

Microsoft discussed its progress in creation of a quantum computer and giving developers tools to experiment with this new computing paradigm on existing machines.

Microsoft has a quatum computing lab in Santa Barbara, called Station Q. The main idea of the lab is to create a commercial quatum computer. Microsoft is still in thoughts - whether sell the device or make it available thru Azure service. Every quatum computer needs a classic computer to control it and a data center. 

Microsoft Research Station Q, located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, was founded in 2005. Station Q's collaborators explore theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the quantum analog of the traditional bit—the qubit. The group is led by Dr. Michael Freedman, a renowned mathematician who has won the prestigious Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics.

A real quatum computer is still far away in the future. But developers will soon be able to run Microsoft’s simulator on their own machine. According to TechCrunch, the Microsoft developed a new programming language for writing these quantum applications.

We like to talk about co-development. We are developing those [the hardware and software stack] together so that you’re really feeding back information between the software and the hardware as we learn, and this means that we can really develop a very optimized solution.
 

Krysta Svore
Microsoft team

The programming language takes its key concepts for C#, F#, Python and other languages, but with the addition of new features for accessing the features of a quantum computer.

All of these software tools is planned to be available by the end of the year. They are not planned to be open source. 

Oracle & Microsoft to Connect Their Clouds

This is a unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors; now users can easily migrate from one platform to another
06 June 2019   513

Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership: their cloud services will now be directly connected. Users can easily migrate from one platform to another, or run Azure services using databases stored on the Oracle cloud.

As TechCrunch notes, this is a rather unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors.

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain and manufacturing, plus highly automated and secure Generation 2 infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this alliance, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made.
 

Don Johnson

Executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

The fact is that Oracle is very small compared to AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. Cooperation with Microsoft will help the company to reach a higher level and continue to develop its own services simultaneously. And Microsoft will get customers who have no place on Oracle servers.