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Red Hat has announced a new version of Kubernetes, which will also support the platform for containers running on Windows nodes. That’s what Silicon Angle reports. Containers are used to build software applications that can run on any platform.

Kubernetes is the most popular platform for managing these containers. The platform has always supported Linux operating systems, but Windows support was only recently made available as a beta function. Now production support for Windows Nodes is a stable feature, which means that Windows-based containers can now be scheduled and managed via Kubernetes.

Currently, about three quarters of all servers run on Windows. The vast majority of them work for small and medium-sized companies. Larger enterprises often use Linux servers, but many companies have a mixed environment in which a number of components also run on Windows.

In addition, the new version gets a function related to the Kubectl command line interface. Kubectl now integrates “Kustomize commands”, which is a feature that allows developers to customize the YAML programming language used to set up Kubernetes configurations.

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Kubernetes 1.14 is now available for download. In all likelihood, the new version will also become part of several vendor-supported container platforms, such as Docker Enterprise and Red Hat OpenShift, in the coming weeks.

For Docker, the support for Windows is a positive step. Docker developed the Docker runtime engine and has been working with the operating system for a long time. “The fact that Kubernetes now supports Windows is a huge step for the industry, and it confirms the work Docker has done with Microsoft over the past five years to develop Windows containers,” said Jenny Fong, Docker’s director of product marketing.

Red Hat also announced in February the CodeReady Workspaces, an integrated development environment for Kubernets and containers. It allows developers to build their containers in a Kubernetes environment right from the start.

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