Crappy par for a crappy course
Sadly, the shift away from the Open Web ideal is nothing new. Windows 8's move to the walled-off Windows Store caused anger amongst developers (and may have spurred the creation of the Linux-based SteamOS in response). Earlier this year, Google caught flak from privacy advocates for shifting away from the open XMPP technology built into Google Talk to the proprietary technology in its new Hangouts messaging service. Android looks less and less open by the day. And this week alone, both Microsoft and Google announced plans to cut off third-party client access to both Skype and Google Voice, respectively. (Again, they "pose a threat to your security.")
Before I sign off, I'll leave you with the words of Google co-founder Larry Page, from this year's Google I/O keynote.
And I think that we've really invested a lot into the open standards behind all that. And I've personally been quite saddened at the industry's behavior around all these things... I'd like to see more open standards, more people getting behind things, that just work, and more companies involved in those ecosystems.
Lofty ideals indeed, and noble ones. Just don't forget to practice what you're preaching, Google.