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Microsoft doubles its investment in quantum computing in its latest reorganization

Quantum computing is a complex technical challenge that tech giants have been trying to solve for over a decade.

Microsoft isn’t giving up, according to an internal memo detailing cuts to other parts of the company’s operations.

Business Insider reported Monday that Microsoft is cutting hundreds of jobs in its Azure cloud business. Director Jason Zander blamed the cuts on Microsoft’s need to invest in AI, according to an internal memo obtained by BI.

In the note, Zander also touched on other areas where Microsoft is doubling down, although he still described this as part of the company’s broader AI efforts.

“Going forward, we will increase investments in quantum and science, demonstrating the exciting possibilities of AI and cloud computing,” Zander wrote in the memo.

He highlighted Microsoft’s advances, such as the discovery of a new battery electrolyte that he said uses 70% less lithium, as well as the first demonstration of “reliable logic qubits.”

Traditional computers rely on bits representing ones and zeros to perform tasks. In contrast, a quantum bit, or “qubit,” represents both a one and a zero. Many qubits working together could in theory create a computer capable of performing certain calculations exponentially faster.

“We already have other such innovations in the works and are also seeing an acceleration in discoveries with our customers,” Zander also wrote in the note. “Going forward, we will accelerate the product roadmap and grow this next-generation business, building on the foundation we have established with Azure Quantum Elements and the infrastructure components built in AFO. »

AFO is Microsoft’s Azure for Operators, a team where Microsoft cut up to 1,500 employees on Monday, according to an estimate from one of the people familiar with the matter.

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