Since I'm moving on to another company soon, I'm trying to pass on my perl code to some other admins I work with. Although they like what I've done, they say they don't want to do it (work with perl) long term, since they say Perl won't be supported in Longhorn. One of them says he went to a Microsoft Tech Ed Conference, where they say they're standardizing on C#, VBscript and something else I can't remember right now (probably Monad), and they specifically wanted to take away the hooks that were available for Perl in the past. So, for example, a lot of the stuff in the .NET framework will only be available for Microsoft approved languages. Also, supposedly, ActiveState's relationship with Microsoft has gone sour, which doesn't bode well for their distribution of perl.
My gut feeling, which I didn't say, since I didn't have much to back myself up at the time, was that Microsoft has tried doing things like this in the past, then backed down. I thought about Smart tags in IE, where IE would 'suggest' where you should go, based on a given link, or how their cluttered HTML that Frontpage produces has backfired on them. Then I also think about the pressures from the EU, where they have to open up their standards.
What do people think? Has anyone heard anything similar? Anybody think they'll back down and allow something like perl to be interoperable, as the EU wants?