Microsoft Quantum Computing Led the Company’s Tech Advances in 2017

Starting with Microsoft quantum computing, then following with artificial intelligence and machine learning, the company continued to grow its ability to provide customers with the right data at the right time to increase productivity across all aspects of work – both professional and personal.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

December 26, 2017

1 Min Read
Quantum Computer on Display at Microsoft Ignite 2017

One of the Microsoft's surprise announcements this year was made at Ignite 2017 when Microsoft's quantum computing research efforts were unveiled during the main keynote. CEO Satya Nadella provided an overview of this technology and its potential at the end of his keynote, introducing a panel of Microsoft researchers and technical fellows who tried to explain the technology to attendees. (I know it left me scratching my head to try to understand the concepts.)

Although the technology might be challenging to comprehend, Microsoft quantum computing is already powering services on the company's Azure cloud platform. And earlier this month the Microsoft quantum computing development kit, which makes the new Q# (pronounced Q-Sharp) programming language available, was released so developers can begin to access the resources behind the advanced technology for their own projects.

Microsoft's approach to quantum computing differs sharply from many of its competitors: Both IBM and Google are taking a build-it-and-then-see-what-we-can-do approach, while Microsoft is focusing on programming and developer outreach.

While the company continued work in many areas, it is these kind of advanced technologies that become reality, and they will be part of powering their products and services in 2018 and beyond.

About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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