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Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week’s links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Microsoft commits $50 million to expand AI for Earth program. Microsoft greatly expanded a grant program this week to provide artificial intelligence and cloud services on the Azure platform. The program rewards promising environmental research and builds loyalty on Azure.

And without further delay, here we go with this week’s links:

Microsoft offers developers a preview of its quantum computing kit | Engadget

Microsoft introduced its quantum computing developer kit today. It allows developers interested in quantum to learn how to program in this new way of computing.

Nine Cloud Computing Predictions for 2018 | Datamation

If it’s December, it must be time for predictions for the coming year, and we wouldn’t want to leave out cloud computing. While you won’t be surprised by any of these predictions, they do provide a good overview of the current state of the industry.

One month after denying it will exit China, AWS opens its second region there | TechCrunch

It seems that rumors of AWS leaving China were greatly exaggerated. It hasn’t left, but it has had to partner up to comply with Chinese laws around infrastructure ownership. It expanded that partnership this week.

Amazon launches single sign-on service for AWS cloud | ZDNet

Speaking of AWS, it had a post-re:invent conference surprise last week when it announced a new single sign-on product. This enables companies to sign onto any compatible system, whether it’s Amazon or not and could represent a threat to cloud identity companies like Okta.

Harnessing hybrid deployment | Computerweekly

It is clear that hybrid computing will continue to play a large role in 2018. The question is how to best take advantage and understand how to deploy and manage a computing environment that spans both the on-premises data center and the public cloud.

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Ron Miller is a freelance technology reporter and blogger. He is contributing editor at EContent Magazine and enterprise reporter at TechCrunch.

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