Microsoft is preparing to unveil its latest quantum computer at a technology event in California, and it has unveiled a new desktop-focused product.
The company has announced the Quantum Computer Suite, which is a desktop-optimised version of its new Windows 10 Quantum computing desktop.
The software includes a new virtual desktops, and a new set of apps that support up to 16-core, 16-thread CPUs.
It will be available in April for a limited time.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft said the new desktop suite is designed for users who work from home, and “works across desktop, laptop and tablet”.
The company said it had been working on the product since mid-2016, and added that its aim is to make it “the most user-friendly desktop computing solution”.
The product comes in two flavours: Quantum Computers and Quantum Machines.
Microsoft’s announcement is a significant move for Microsoft.
Microsoft’s first Quantum computers, codenamed Quantum, went on sale in 2018, and its latest Quantum computers have been available for a few months now.
This new version of the Quantum software includes several new features, including support for “up to 16 cores, 16 threads”, the ability to run applications with up to 256MB of memory, and support for Microsoft Office 2016.
The Quantum Machine is a “new version of Windows 10” that is not part of the original Windows 10.
Microsoft also announced its Quantum Machines in a new blog post, saying the Quantum Machines “are designed to be the most user friendly computing solution available for your desktop”.
Quantum Machines will be sold as an add-on for the Windows 10 upgrade.
This is in contrast to previous versions of the desktop suite that came with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, which Microsoft announced last year.
Microsoft has previously been working to bring its new quantum computing products to markets that had not previously been able to afford such high-end hardware.
Quantum Computers are designed to work with Windows 8.1, which includes the operating system that Windows 10 ships with.
Microsoft is expected to unveil a new version next month.