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Microsoft has put more of its considerable weight behind the open-source JQuery Javascript library, vowing to provide additional code contribution, testing resources, and integration with new versions of its own development tools.

Redmond .NET veep Scott Guthrie announced the news yesterday at the company's MIX conference in Las Vegas - with a little help from JQuery creator John Resig. Redmond has long supported JQuery, providing bug fixes, patches, and testing, while including the lightweight library with its Visual Studio and ASP.NET MVC products. But more than a year and a half on, it has now promised to step up its involvement with the project.

"Microsoft will now work in concert with the jQuery JavaScript Library team to accelerate the creation of new features that make creating rich-web applications on any platform faster and easier," Microsoft open source community manager Peter Galli said in a blog post.

In a post of his own, JQuery founder Resig said that Microsoft would be working with the JQuery Core Team and the community at large to contribute code that specifically involves templating, script loading, and data binding.

The first aim is to develop a new JQuery templating engine. Microsoft has already submitted a proposal for public review and an experimental plug-in. According to Resig, the engine will be considered for inclusion in the library and the plug-in could be adopted as the library's official offering.

Microsoft has also vowed to include the JQuery 1.4.1 release with Visual Studio 2010 and its ASP.NET MVC2. And it will provide new help with JQuery QA testing in new environments. Licensed under the MIT and GNU GPL Version 2 licenses, the library has now progressed to version 1.4.2. ®

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