In an otherwise quiet news day, I did take note of Yahoo’s announcement to open source Yahoo BrowserPlus, thus allowing developers to extend the platform and ensure BrowserPlus stays current on popular operating systems and browsers.
While obviously a competitor (and perhaps a reaction) to Google Gears, the announcement bodes well for the continuing trend of connecting Web browsers, applications, and desktop systems connected via a ubiquitous, open architecture. Most of the Web, including content management systems and backend infrastructure, are already open source. Yahoo’s decision simply provides another natural extension of such capabilities.
Whether driven by innovation or competitors, announcements such as these only represent continued progress in making the Web a truly ever-present, open platform.