Hyper-V Containers Headed to Windows 10
Microsoft reveals that its homegrown container technology is coming to the Windows 10 operating system.Windows 10 Anniversary Update, due out this summer, is shaping into a featured-packed refresh of Microsoft's flagship operating system. During Microsoft's Build developer conference in San Francisco last week, the company revealed that in addition to a smarter, more capable Cortana and new inking capabilities, it was adding native support for Hyper-V Containers to Windows 10. Following the meteoric rise of the open-source Docker application virtualization platform, Microsoft unveiled its own Hyper-V container technology for Windows Server nearly a year ago. Lending further weight to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's assertion that "Windows is your ultimate dev box," Hyper-V Containers eliminate the need for Windows developers to run containers within a separate virtual machine on their systems. "This will further empower developers to build amazing cloud applications benefiting from native container capabilities right in Windows," said Taylor Brown, a program manager in Microsoft's Windows Hyper-V and Containers group, in an April 1 announcement. The setup not only simplifies matters, it also helps provide coders with a consistent development environment.
"Since Hyper-V Containers utilize their own instance of the Windows kernel, your container is truly a server container all the way down the kernel," explained Brown. "Plus, with the flexibility of Windows container runtimes containers built on Windows 10 can be run on Windows Server 2016 as either Windows Server Containers or Hyper-V Containers." Members of the Windows Insider early-access program will soon be among the first to try out Hyper-V Containers before the feature is released to the general public, he added.