CNET News.com: Why open standards are a mythAug 06, 1999, 20:56 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)
"The rhetoric behind the technological control over instant messaging is beginning to resemble campaign speeches on family values in an election year--and is inspiring similar cynicism."
"While open standards still play an important role in disciplining Internet software development, public discussion of standards has largely evolved--or degenerated--into a corporate tool, where a firm can maneuver itself on either side of an issue depending on its position in a particular market.
It boils down to this: If your company is a leader in its field, an open standard is not in your best interest because it could allow others to get a piece of the business. If your company is not a leader, this is exactly why you want to level the field."