Fred Wilson writes:
Can consumers figure out how to mix and match web services and devices or must they be served up a complete solution by a single vendor?
I think we all hope that a truly open environment will prevail where devices and services can play together and best of breed will win out on both fronts. But that is not where we are today and we have a lot of ground to cover in order to see that vision realized. And the powers that be dont want it to happen. The businesses whose margins depend on their continued control over a distribution channel carriers, media companies, and consumer electronic manufacturers – will find it hard to embrace innovation that potentially undermines their margins.
But if the experience of the personal computer and the interenet is a guide, open architectures where many players compete in a decentralized ecosystem do accelerate innovation. When web services integrate with devices in a open architecture, we believe that the consumers’ interest in innovation and integration will trump the vendors’ interest in preserving control over limited proprietary channels.