Amazon’s EC2 Container Service adds support for Windows Containers

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With the launch of Windows Server 2016 three months ago, Microsoft gave its users the ability to use the Docker engine to run containers on Windows server. This meant developers could now package their Windows executables into containers and run them on Windows Server (though obviously not on Linux machines), using the same Docker engine and commands they were already used to. Today, AWS announced that it its EC2 Container Service (ECS) now also supports Windows Containers in beta.

To enable this feature, Amazon developed its own Windows version of the ECS container agent. In what is still a pretty unusual move for Amazon, the code for the agent is available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license.

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