Not so long ago, reliable access to web content was ruled by a proprietary plug-in and a non-standards compliant browser. The only way to get content to the masses was to play by their rules.
But after a time, questions arose: Why can’t we have open standards? Free software?
And before long, both parties were unceremoniously kicked to the curb.
However, the ensuing era of free web content was no guarantee of a rich or reliable experience. Web consortiums worked tirelessly to make improvements across the board… but quickly learned that to do so was prohibitively time consuming.
For Google, it was easier to design for its own platforms than to invest in standard browser technology… even though it went against everything they had stood for.
Which brings us to another question:
Has Google become what it sought to overthrow?