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Talking Mixed Reality and Quantum Computing at Future Decoded

Keri | 03/11/2017

Future Decoded, a two day event in London’s Excel Arena, brings together both technical and commercial customers and partners of Microsoft to showcase some of the company’s cutting edge developments. We attended the event to learn about some of the exciting new products hitting the market soon.

Image credit:TechSpotAs Microsoft Gold and Silver certified partners for application and cloud development respectively, we follow Microsoft’s product and technology roadmap for their existing products and innovative technologies. We were thrilled to hear from Microsoft’s engineers and leadership team about what’s in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond - if you missed the event, here’s some of our team’s highlights.

Microsoft’s Vision for the Future

Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive VP of Microsoft Europe, identified three big tech-driven shifts in the business landscape that Microsoft are responding to:

  • the importance of building multi-device, multi-sense experiences for end users; particularly with the emergence and growth of conversational interfaces and smart speakers
  • incorporating artificial intelligence into your business, amplifying the value of data collected from users, and delivering superior products and services
  • the rise of microservices, containers, and serverless technologies to develop, deploy, and manage scalable organisational applications.

Image credit: MicrosoftA Move into Mixed Reality

Mixed reality was also a hot topic - not surprising considering Microsoft has invested heavily in this area, with their Hololens headset being one of the most widely anticipated new devices on the market. Companies like Ford are developing Hololens applications in product design to move from physical to interactive digital models; Japan Airlines are using it to change the way they go about training; while Thyssenkrupp are streamlining the operations of their field staff.

Image credit: CNETUnveiling Quantum Computing

Looking even further to the future, Microsoft had a response to Google’s recent quantum computing efforts. Krysta Svore and Leo Kouwenhoven, two key members of the Microsoft Quantum team, outlined the company’s initiatives and explored some of the huge range of challenges it could solve, from finance to climate change. One of the most exciting developments is Microsoft’s universal, programmable quantum computer which, once complete, will sit in the cloud and be accessible as an accelerator option in Azure. This will allow Microsoft to offer vastly greater computing resources to their customers.

There were lots of takeaways from Future Decoded, not least the growing importance of cloud-connected devices (a big driver behind the investment in quantum computing) and the growing number of interfaces companies will be expected to support. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on these technologies, particularly mixed reality, and we’ll definitely be back next year!

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