Shower thought: in the 80s it was more common to have a protocol rather than a single canonical implementation (e.g. SMTP).

Presumably this was partly due to the diversity of computing platforms then? These days it's often sufficient to have a website and a mobile app.

@wilfredh having interoperable, well documented standards is a preferable option. Makes for better software, and more choice in which client you use.

Although, here's the obligatory xkcd reference: 😁

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