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Windows 10 May 2020 Update brings Docker in

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Hello there, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update is finally out! It is exciting that I can finally move away from my Mac mini to run my Docker experiments. Originally mid-May should have seen the release come to everyone’s Windows Home edition but a final bug delayed that until the end of the month.

What you may know about that release is that it brings tweaks to make searching stuff on your PC faster. Add to that some Cortana changes that would move it to become more of a productivity assistant, whatever that means. A Cloud Download feature should arrive as well to allow you to reset Windows to default more easily. There is also a mention of changes to virtual desktops which I am surprised nobody is talking about.

As you may know, you cannot run a regular version of Docker Desktop you Windows Home. You need to get the Pro or Enterprise versions in order to do so. Unless you want to spend £119.99 on the Professional edition you can’t run Docker and it feels expensive for a tool that accelerates open-source development.

Right now if you try to install Docker for Windows on Windows 10 Home edition you will be greeted with this alert:

windows 10 May 2020 update to bring Docker

Notice how now its installation message changed. Windows 10 Home is now an option, at least from build 19018. Unless you’re on the Windows insider build rings you don’t have yet as I write this post. I currently have the latest version of Windows which is on the build 18363.778 hence the installation failure.

And the build version announced for the release prior to the delay-incurring bug was 19041.207. This indeed confirms Docker Desktop compatibility with the next Windows update known as Windows 20H1. So finally 60% of my readers will be able to follow the more Docker related content. I really love the ability it provides to set up applications and systems that you can tear down anytime to bring back up without corrupting your machine setup. So I will definitely post more stuff around that.

If you are from the future and already have the Windows 10 May 2020 update go check out my existing Docker-related posts. That one is good if you’re into continuous integration, or this one to play with Kubernetes.

Stay posted, keep it real and I will see you around.

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