Quantum Computing is the next big thing in the field of technology. Quantum Computing uses superposition, entanglement, and quantum interference in computing. These concepts help quantum computers calculate exponentially more information and solve more complicated problems than the current most powerful supercomputers available in the market.
Microsoft has two approaches for Quantum Computing, one is Azure Quantum and another is creating a quantum computer hardware using topological qubits. While the former approach is now available for customers, the later is still in its very early stage. Azure Quantum cloud service allows customers to try out quantum solutions and technologies today. Through Azure Quantum, customers can get access to a variety of quantum hardware providers including IONQ and Honeywell.
Microsoft recently announced that you can now try out a quantum computer for free through Azure Quantum service. Microsoft is offering $500 in credits to try out the following quantum computers from its quantum hardware partners.
- IonQ’s QPU (as well as their free Simulator)
- Quantinuum’s H1 QPU and Emulator featuring realistic H1 noise models
- QCI and Rigetti coming soon
If you are interested, create a free Azure account, create an Azure Quantum Workspace in the Azure Portal to get $500 in free credits.
After trying out, if you are interested, you can also apply for up to $10,000 in credits to use quantum hardware in Azure Quantum to explore new algorithms, investigate use cases, and experiment with leading hardware platforms. You can apply for it here.
Credit allocation will be determined based on the potential value for the quantum ecosystem either from research, educational, or commercial point of view.