When I spent time with Microsoft execs in Redmond last week (disclosure: Microsoft covered my travel and expenses to visit the campus), I was particularly interested to get their take on containers generally, and Docker in particular. It would be easy to think that Docker has little relevance to Microsoft; it is, after all, a Linux concept. But remember a couple of facts: Microsoft has, in recent years, built strong bridges to the open-source and Linux communities and, notwithstanding that fact, cloud infrastructure is a big part of Microsoft’s future. As such, it needs to support Linux workloads on the Azure platform. For these reasons, and given Redmond’s past overtures to the Docker community, I was fascinated to see what it had coming up.

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.