As every science geek knows, on Jan 1975 (40th anniversary), the Altair 8800, a personal computer only available as a mail order, build-it-yourself kit for hobbyists, was featured on the front cover of Popular Electronics magazine. Bill Gates and Paul Allen immediately wrote a BASIC programming language for the device, the first product of the Microsoft corporation. Without their code, all you could do with this “first PC” was to toggle manually its front panel switches so as to make its lights blink in an interesting way. Similarly, without good software, quantum computers will be a totally useless pile of electronic junk. Is the Microsoft saga about to repeat itself for quantum computers?
Listen to Bill Gates tell the story.