With the PC market tapped out and in a perpetual slump and the cloud market a tough fight for customers, Microsoft’s on the prowl for new frontiers.
In that spirit, the company announced last week an effort to create a quantum computer, an amalgam of exotic hardware and specialized software that will allow parallel computations at speeds orders of magnitude beyond what conventional silicon can provide.
An announcement like this would once have been easy to blow off as a science-fiction self-indulgence. In the last couple of years, though, quantum computing’s become a field of serious study for big-name enterprise IT companies. Here are 4 big takeaways from Microsoft’s plunge into what may prove to be a very deep pool.