Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clients

Microsoft said today that users can now run Docker inside a Windows machine and manage Linux-based containers using the new Docker Command Line Interface for Windows. The news follows up on the recent partnership between Microsoft and Docker to ensure that Docker can run nicely on the Azure cloud and Windows Server.

Progress shells out $262.5M for Bulgarian app development tools provider Telerik

Progress Software, the Bedford, MA-based enterprise software infrastructure firm, is buying the Bulgarian UI framework and app development tools outfit Telerik for $262.5 million, to help its customers make nicer user interfaces for their cloud and on-premise apps. Telerik is used by 1.4 million developers, including those at 450 of the Fortune 500 companies – founded in 2002, it started with a focus on Microsoft’s .NET platform before expanding to other platforms under the name “Kendo UI” (it consolidated its brands last year.) According to Progress CEO Phil Pead, the acquisition will make his company “a destination site for the largest developer population on the planet – ABL, .NET, Java, JavaScript, Node.js and mobile.”

Apprenda seeks to make private PaaS more practical

Apprenda, hopes to make private PaaSes more attractive to companies by giving developers access to a public instance of its Paas to experiment with, then pull in house, according to company CEO Sinclair Schuller.

Uhuru platform spans .NET, open-source worlds

Uhuru’s AppCloud Ready To Go service targets developers who want to write applications that span the .NET and open source worlds. The PaaS runs atop Cloud Foundry and supports Java, Ruby, PHP, Node.js as well as Microsoft .NET, the company says.

Mobilize.net aims to renew .NET apps for mobile, cloud use

Mobilize.net aims to bring .NET applications to the Azure (or other) cloud and to the mobile devices of the customer’s choice. The company knows from Windows and .NET — between them, its CEO and VP of business development spent 40 years at Microsoft.

Is multi-language PaaS really better? Not necessarily

As major PaaSes like Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud Foundry and Salesforce.com’s Heroku race to embrace multiple languages, a few like Apprenda say that’s exactly the wrong approach. Language-specific PaaSes are better able to exploit a company’s native applications and features, says Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuler.