Docker app for Windows 10 now in limited beta

Docker is launching a limited beta program for its new Docker for Windows and Docker for Mac apps.

By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft | March 24, 2016 -- 19:40 GMT (12:40 PDT)

Docker launched today, March 24, a limited beta program for Docker for Windows and Docker for Mac.

Docker is billing the two new apps as "the simplest way to use Docker on your laptop." The apps are meant for developers building, assembling, and shipping applications from Mac or Windows.

Currently, to use Docker on Windows, developers have to jump through a number of hoops, including installing the VirtualBox virtualization application. Using the new Docker for Windows app, users won't need to do that, as the Docker engine will run in a Hyper-V virtual machine on Windows. (On Mac, the Docker engine runs in an Alpine Linux distribution on top of an xhyve virtual machine on Mac OS X.)

Docker execs said the native Windows interface and auto-update capability will make for deeper itnegration and less dependency hell. It also should make Docker run faster and more reliably, they said.