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As you may be aware, the SQL Server on Windows Containers Beta program began in 2017. It has remained in Beta mode meant for only test and development environment until now. , due to the existing ecosystem challenges and usage patterns we have decided to suspend the SQL Server on Windows Containers beta program for now.


Hence with immediate effect, the docker hub repos  “microsoft/mssql-server-windows-express” and

microsoft/mssql-server-windows-developer” and the tags within these repos will be deleted and images from these repos will not be available for download going forward.  We look forward to your continued support and feedback to help us improve.


SQL Server on Linux containers continue to be supported for production environment. This announcement only affects SQL Server on Windows container that was in Beta mode until now. 



Amit Khandelwal 

Senior Program Manager

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