Nadella's future technology discussion was balanced by an exceptionally large amount of more immediately practical news.
Furthermore, fresh offerings include new commercial Windows 10 S devices from HP, Lenovo, Acer and Fujitsu, alongside the new "vision for intelligent communications", including plans to bring Skype for Business Online capabilities into Microsoft Teams, along with cognitive and data services, making Teams a hub for teamwork in Office 365, including persistent chat, voice and video.
"Through quantum computing, we can unlock solutions to problems in areas such as AI, clean energy, global warming, materials design and much more".
We definitely want better productivity and efficiency but not at the cost of degrading humanity, Nadella said in a keynote address at the Microsoft's Ignite 2017 in Orlando, Florida yesterday.
While Trudeau is on point with the basics, the actual science of quantum computing is more complicated. If a classical computer were to try to figure out the maze, Nadella explained, it would start down a path, hit a wall, back track, start again, hit a wall, and back track again until it finished all its options. "So it's this brute-force mechanism", he said. A quantum computer of sufficient scale, meanwhile, could solve those same problems in a matter of hours.
While the bits current computers rely on can represent either a 1 or a 0 at any given time, quantum computers are based on quantum bits, or qubits, which can represent both a 1 and a 0 simultaneously. That unlocks fantastic parallelism.
Microsoft has been working on to build a robust ecosystem for quantum computing for quite some time now.
Dynamics 365 will include virtual agents for customers and virtual assistants for internal support, providing some intelligent insight to help users be more efficient. "It's fractionalized and it's spread out", Freedman said, adding that spreading out the information protects it. "We couldn't pull up the exact specifications on that model, but Microsoft describes it as a 14" ultra-slim for $299.
It might be awhile before commercials computers are ready, as they now require near-absolute zero temperatures to remain in a stable state. Charlie told me: "Every customer we're talking to is making some kind of cloud journey".
"Very simply", Trudeau said.
In response, a Microsoft Qfab principal researcher, Charlie Marcus, detailed the challenges. And everything from the software that we'll hear about in a second to the cryogenic engineering is extremely hard.
"So where are we?"
For Microsoft developers and IT enthusiasts, something relatively concrete will be arriving soon, however.
Though Microsoft is following companies like IBM and D-Wave Systems-whose 2000Q quantum computer is already built and selling to customers like Los Alamos National Laboratory and Google, among others-Microsoft hopes to be able to develop chips around what it calls topological qubits, a more stable form of the quantum bit. The language is also high-level and abstract enough that it shouldn't be too hard for developers to build their own quantum programs. "We should only be in the phone business when we have something that is really differentiated".
Furthermore, day one witnessed the creation of a new programming language optimised for exploiting scalable quantum computers and deep integration of the programming language into Visual Studio.