QuSoft, the first research center dedicated to quantum software, was launched on 3 December 2015. This joint initiative of CWI, the University of Amsterdam and VU University will be located at Amsterdam Science Park in The Netherlands. QuSoft’s mission is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer. Its main focus is the development of quantum software, requiring fundamentally different techniques and approaches from conventional software. QuSoft will specifically target few-qubit applications, quantum testing and debugging, quantum architecture and quantum cryptography.