What is particularly interesting about this market is that the technology is so unsophisticated. Relatively speaking, opening platforms up should be easy. For some reason, my brain isn’t working today and I can’t think of how the market definitively works here, but I think going open is better. I know for sure that APIs win. It is better to have APIs and attract developers and their free R&D than to not have developers. What’s interesting is that this is different. I think if you look at markets, Linux and Mozilla and Apache are all winners, but I don’t think it is always true that those with the lowest switching costs win.
Be interested in comments on this.