The exchange is just another example of both companies' desire to be perceived as standard-setters on the Internet and an ongoing competition between the two to see which can appear the most "open."
Microsoft last night also posted an engine for another scripting language, Visual Basic Script, and will post source code on the Net by September. Visual Basic Script is also supported in the latest beta version of Internet Explorer.
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