in reply to Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"

Just two questions - Do you really think Microsoft would support Perl in any way if it threatened them at all? And if not, then why are these things always viewed as a good thing for Perl.

It's a sign of Perl's increasing ineffectiveness. The $40 billion-in-the-bank monopoly that created such wonderful things as windows, activex, and visual basic likes your language. I'd be worried.