Microsoft’s Inspire partner conference starts in full next week, but the company is already getting things started with a load of announcements today. One of the most notable for developers is that Microsoft has open sourced its Quantum Development Kit (QDK) on GitHub.
The QDK, which launched in preview last year, gives developers access to the Q# programming language, quantum simulators, and the libraries needed to start experimenting with quantum computing before it goes mainstream.
“By open-sourcing the Quantum Development Kit in GitHub, we enable developers to contribute alongside an emerging community of quantum computing programmers,” Microsoft said in a blog post announcing its plans to open source the QDK earlier this year. “We initiated this work last year when we open-sourced several features of the Quantum Development Kit, including the libraries and samples.”
Quantum computing is largely seen as the next major frontier in computing. We’re far from it becoming mainstream, but it has the potential to revolutionize the industry, performing calculations and tasks that would take years, or even centuries, to complete with the most advanced computers we have now. While work is still ongoing with quantum computing itself, Microsoft is using the QDK to help developers become familiar with its programming intricacies.
For more, you can check out the Microsoft’s Quantum blog.
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