Appearances are deceiving. Amazon makes way more money from IT solutions, hosting and services than they do from retail sales. That’s been the case from before they started earning a profit (if they even are to this day). Google, generates tons of revenue from advertising, but have you ever thought about the distribution of Android … nobody gets it for free.
My point: nobody’s doing really what we think they are doing and we need to wise up to that fact.
If I could get an open-source based “solution” to my computing and phoning issues, I’d take it too, but remember that there is never, ever, a free lunch anywhere to be had.
The VHS-Beta thing (for techno-historians and those of us who are old enough to remember) demonstrated long ago that it never has anything to do with the “best technology”, it has to do with market share … when it comes to anything commercial.
Wire is more secure and less invasive than Messenger … and? Apple coordinates better (within its own hardware platforms) than others, but what’s the cost? Who even uses any kind of encryption anywhere, even though it is seamless and unintrusive? Yet it’s still perceived as “complicated”.
We all want things, and all of the things we want are there … I’m sure … but not enough of us want the same things at the same time to make it worth someone else’s while. That’s the problem … or at least a problem.
How do the rest of us reach critical mass?