"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
"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."