Microsoft has been betting big on quantum computing recently, building quantum labs and teaming up with startups to create a “quantum economy.” At its inaugural Startup Summit on its Redmond campus yesterday, the company announced a new alliance aiming to advance quantum computing called the Microsoft Quantum Network.
“The Microsoft Quantum Network is our commitment to establishing the partnerships required to build the quantum workforce and the quantum economy. We believe both are vital to solving some of the world’s toughest problems,” explained Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of Azure Hardware Systems Group at Microsoft.“
The main goal of the alliance is to bring together the best quantum computing experts around the world to create the world’s first scalable quantum computer and quantum applications. For those unfamiliar, quantum computing differs from classical computing with its use of Quantum bits (or qubits) that can perform more complex computations much more efficiently. As a result, quantum computers should be able to solve complex problems that traditional computers could never do.
Microsoft’s Quantum Network is welcoming two new startups, HQS Quantum Simulations and Rahko, but the alliance is also welcoming affiliate organisations interested in accelerating the adoption of computing. If you believe your organization has what it takes, you can submit your application to join the Microsoft Quantum Network on this page.Further reading: Microsoft, Quantum Computing, Startups