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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers


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Quantum computing equipment in Microsoft's laboratory at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

New clients are being drawn to Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services.

Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers, including Toyota affiliate Toyota Tsusho and quantum-computing firm Jij in Japan.

Azure Quantum offers developers an online platform to develop quantum-computing algorithms and applications without needing to rewrite their code when hardware and algorithms advance.

Developers also can experiment with quantum algorithms on traditional computers.

Toyota Tsusho and Jij used Azure Quantum to conduct a traffic optimization experiment, and determined that quantum algorithms operating on traditional machines could cut waiting time for drivers stopped at red lights by about 20%.

Gartner analyst Matthew Brisse said Azure Quantum has a competitive edge by preparing developers for commercial-grade quantum computers, which should be in high demand when they eventually launch.

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