Build 2019: Microsoft open sources Q# programming to push Quantum Computing
Microsoft Build 2019: Quantum computing gets big push as Microsoft open sources its Q# compilers and simulators.Updated: May 06, 2019 21:12 IST
Microsoft is betting big on quantum computing. CEO Satya Nadella even described it as the driver for next digital revolution. At its Build 2019 conference, Microsoft made a big announcement on democratising quantum computing.
The company said it is now open sourcing Q# compilers and simulators. Q# is Microsoft’s new quantum-focused programming language. It comes with integrated with Visual Studio and VS Code and interoperability with the popular Python programming language. The language allows developers to make programmes for Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems.
“Quantum is an exciting new frontier for developers. Microsoft designed Q# specifically for quantum programming, delivering an approachable, high-level programming language with a native-type system for qubits, operators and other abstractions,” said the company in a release.
The latest update comes after Microsoft launched Q# programming language to Juypter Notebooks. It also rolled out new Jupyter Notebook samples that can be used for writing new Notebooks.
As of March 2019, Microsoft’s Quantum Development Kit has reached to over 100,000 developers.