I thought I already blog about this, but I didn’t find it. So maybe this is a duplicate, but I stumble upon a new example that innovation comes from people and usage. Not from corporate marketing.
Excerpt from XML in 2006 :
Ten years ago, the grunt programmers and network admins were installing Web servers on surplus PCs reformatted with Linux while the CEOs and CTOs played golf with salespeople and mandated corporate-wide Exchange Server deployments. Those same techies made XML a success by throwing out decades of legacy binary gook and replacing it with off-the-shelf, open source parsers. Today, these people are quietly installing REST, Atom, and RELAX NG.
The most effective technologies aren’t being specced by the W3C, required by thousand-page corporate contracts, or pushed by large vendors. They’re growing from the grassroots because developers are looking at them and deciding they work. The people developing these simple systems don’t have the budgets for full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal, lobbyists to roam the corridors of power, or sometimes even W3C membership fees; but they do have the right answers, and that matters a lot.
I heard the same point about SMS, which are the main usage of mobile phone. This wasn’t expected.
Same for the PC used to duplicate music and movies. We will see if Microsoft is really committing suicide with Vista unfriendly to media experience as, in the same time, Linux improves and consolidate.