Docker for Windows leaves beta, now publicly available

Laurent Giret

Just a month after releasing the first beta versions of Docker for Windows and Mac OS X, the team behind the popular platform that allow developers to create and test their apps through multiple devices have announced today that the apps are now generally available to the public.

If you already installed the beta version of the Docker app, the app should now update to version 1.12 which includes the following new features and improvements:

  • 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.

You can get more technical details about the latest release, we invite you to watch the following video where Product Managers Mike Goelzer and Michael Friis discuss Docker 1.12:

Going forward, the team will maintain 2 channels for the Docker app on Windows and Mac OS X, stable and beta. If you already installed the beta app, you will remain on the beta channel and get an early look at the latest features and improvements. However, if you prefer to switch to the stable release, you will need to download and install the stable version. You can find the download links for the different installers below, let us know in the comments what do you think of the latest features in Docker 1.12.

Stable channel:

Beta channel: