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> In this sector I suggest that, in practice, Microsoft can do pretty much what
> it likes. They do have an option to develop a new vector graphics standard,
> whether they call it VML2 or something else.
I think you are wrong. Microsoft has ALWAYS WON by keeping developers
happy. Developers love SVG. Developers would HATE some proprietary hack
that competes with a relatively established W3C standard. Microsoft
doesn't go around trying to piss off developers. Microsoft also has
recurring and ongoing legal troubles. Deliberately and obviously
torpedoing industry standards is a good way to exacerbate them.
Microsoft's corporate customers also will not like it if they perceive
Microsoft as playing dirty pool. Overall, perception counts.