Microsoft puts JavaScript on Web site

Microsoft is stepping up its battle for Internet mindshare, saying it plans to make Sun/Netscape's JavaScript available for free download on the Internet by putting its Visual Basic Scripting Edition and Jscript on its World Wide Web site.

Microsoft included support for JavaScript for the first time in the second beta release of Internet Explorer (IE) 3.0. Version 3.0 of IE uses the ActiveX Scripting interface to blend Visual Basic Script and Jscript, allowing developers to build Java applets using JavaScript.

A beta version of Visual Basic Script is available now from Microsoft at http://microsoft.com/vbscript/

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