Docker, the open source software that helps app developers by offering a way to test and run them in a container system, has announced it has made its Windows version generally available, ditching its previous beta label.


The Windows open beta for Docker was launched in June, which means that the move to general availability was made relatively quickly. Here's what's included in the Windows version:

  • Faster and more reliable – native development environment using hypervisors built into each operating system. (No more VirtualBox!)
  • Improved Docker tools integration – all the Docker tools you need to develop locally are bundled in the app.
  • Improved development flow – Volume mounting for your code and data, and easy access to running containers on the localhost network. In-container debugging with supported IDEs also help you live debug projects, and iterate code quicker with less effort.
  • Enterprise network support that lets Docker for Mac and Windows work easily with VPNs.
  • All the new features available in Docker Engine 1.12.
  • Automatic updates, with different channels for stable and beta.

While the Windows version has officially launched, Docker is also keeping a beta channel active as well, so users can try out new features and bug fixes before they are made available to users in the stable Windows channel.