Microsoft today published the third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. As promised, this is also the first version of Windows Server to natively support Windows Server Containers — that is, Microsoft’s version of Linux containers that can be managed both through Powershell and Docker’s command-line tools.
Microsoft is clearly aware that developers are asking for container support. As Microsoft general manager for cloud platform marketing Mike Schutz told me, the company wants to help both IT professionals and developers who are now under more pressure than ever to quickly bring apps from the development phase to testing and deployment. Thanks to the overall momentum that containers are currently enjoying, developers want to be able to use them, so Microsoft also has to give IT the tools to manage them.
Schutz argues that the Windows Container tooling with feel “very familiar for Docker developers when they use…
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