Microsoft has been public about its plans to add two types of containers to Windows Server 2016. But so far, company officials haven't talked about plans to bring container support to Windows client.
However, adding containers to Windows 10 looks to be in the cards, as a recent Microsoft job posting makes clear. (Thanks to @h0x0d for tweeting a link to the post.)From the job post seeking a senior program manager for in Microsoft's Redmond operating systems engineering team:
"There are a large number of client focused scenarios, currently unannounced, where Containers form the core pivotal technology providing security, isolation and roaming ability. To deliver this, we are creating a new team with a mission to impact client computing in the same revolutionary manner we are changing the datacenter.
"The Senior Program Manager who takes this challenge will own and drive the end-to-end container scenarios across Windows client. This includes driving large cross group initiatives to deliver a complete customer-focused vision. Your stakeholders will include multiple teams within and outside Windows, spanning multiple technologies such as user experience, security, storage, and Networking."
What would container support in Windows client mean from a security standpoint? Instead of using a virtual machine to run a browser, a user could use a Hyper-V container to isolate the browser from other apps running on the operating system. That could keep attackers from infiltrating other parts of the Windows OS via a browser attack...