The field of quantum computing has been a focus for several tech giants in recent years, with Intel debuting a cryogenic quantum quantum control chip in December, and Amazon unveiling support for an open-source hybrid quantum computing framework for Amazon Bracket in the same month. Earlier last year, meanwhile, Microsoft researchers solved two 20-year old quantum computing problems.

The tech giant has today announced that it will be holding a free workshop on February 2, namely the Azure Quantum Developer Workshop. For developers, this workshop will provide the opportunity to learn how to effectively contribute to the quantum ecosystem, for which Microsoft's quantum stack is discussed as well.

Microsoft will also be assisted by its industry partners over the course of this event. Each firm's showcase will be of half an hour. Starting off at 8:15 a.m. PST, 1QBit's Co-founder and CEO Andrew Fursman will exhibit demos for the utilization of Azure Quantum in experimentation with quantum computers and classic cloud compute. Moving on, Dr. Brian Neyenhuis from Honeywell Quantum Solutions will discuss his firm's systems' unique components as part of Azure Quantum, and will demonstrate a research collaboration with Microsoft as well.

Then, Sonika Johri and Matthew Keesan from IonQ – the Senior Quantum Applications Researcher and the VP Product Development, respectively – will describe IonQ's system architecture and real-world applications. Finally, the Microsoft showase will be hosted by Azure Quantum Program Manager Daniel Stocker, analysing the availability of Quantum Optimization solvers and factors to consider when opting for a specific solver. A live, moderated Q&A session of 45 minutes will then conclude this workshop.

Those who are interested in availing this opportunity to learn more about quantum solutions and technologies can register for the workshop for free here. It will be held on February 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST.