JScript - anyone remember that ...
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let's hope not - this time!
Dude don't be a twat, but then I see you can't help it (Microborg, Microbarf oh yeah u so hip!).
Microsoft are contributing, they're not part of the core team, see Resig's comments in the blog post:
" jQuery is not becoming a part of Microsoft at all – Microsoft is contributing to the jQuery project, much like other projects and companies do as well. The jQuery library will continue to remain open and under the control of the jQuery project (and will be hosted on Github for the foreseeable future)."
You see, the thing is, karma is a bitch.
Microsoft left IE6 to rot for the better part of a decade, making the lives of every web developer since just the tiniest bit more painful and unhappy. The ironic thing is that now that they've realized they have to move with the times, the people who most want it to go away are actually Microsoft.
Unfortunately for them(and for everyone else) getting rid of that boondoggle is proving a lot harder than anyone might have anticipated.
Microsoft have to keep supporting it because at this point they really have no choice, if .NET applications don't work in their own browser they'e pretty much sunk. On the other hand they need to support real web standards these days for pretty much exactly the same reason. If .NET applications don't work in other browsers(as well as more modern versions of IE itself) they're still pretty much sunk.
JQuery is really their best way forward, they can distribute it and count on its libraries to sort the whole tangled mess out as much as is humanly possible MVC applications will now "just work"(for a rather wide definition of work) in all browsers including Microsoft's, and they don't get their new technology sunk by their old one.