MSFT: Cloud Computing in 2021: A Complete Investor’s Guide

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According to Gartner, the global cloud computing market will continue growing at a 17.5% annual rate over the next decade. Given its current size of $397 billion, this means it will be more than a trillion-dollar industry within the next 5 years.  For investors, this type of growth and scale means there are many different investment opportunities:  The big companies that are building the cloud infrastructure layer.  Companies building their own cloud-based platforms. These platforms have their own ecosystem in terms of users and developers building apps for them.  Companies building more targeted, software-based services on top of these platforms and infrastructure.  This type of growth means there are plenty of opportunities for investors in cloud computing. This report will provide a broad overview of the industry, examine some of the most...

Opinion: Quantum computers’ power will remake competition in industries from technology to finance

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Quantum computers, once fully scaled, could lead to breakthroughs on many fronts — medicine, finance, architecture, logistics. First, it’s important to understand why quantum computers are superior to the conventional ones we’ve been using for years: In conventional electronic devices, memory consists of bits with only one value, either 0 or 1. In quantum computing, a quantum bit (qubit) exhibits both values in varying degrees at the same time. This is called quantum superposition. These ubiquitous states of each qubit are then used in complex calculations, which read like regular bits: 0 and 1. Since qubits can store more information than regular bits, this also means quantum computers are capable of processing greater quantities of information. Having four bits enables 16 possibilities, but only one at a time. Four qubits in...