This is an article on Blink, the browser engine.
When Netscape Navigator was released, it was the first widespread way to access the Web. At the time, not unlike now, Windows was the most used operating system. Microsoft seized this opportunity to create a new browser, Internet Explorer. It drove Netscape to extinction. Microsoft forced hardware manufacturers to include IE in their PCs. It even acquired a few lawsuits due to this. Microsoft thought it had “won” the Web, so it focused on other fronts. This was especially hard for web developers at the time, who despised IE because it was not following web standards set by various organizations. Firefox saw this opportunity and Netscape’s engine, Gecko, came back alive in the form of a new browser – Firefox.
IE was a powerful force which slowed down the development of the Web drastically. The same thing could happen with Blink. Google metaphorically owns the Web. A few examples are
- Google Search
- Google Ads
- And last but definitely not least: Blink
If Google doesn’t like a specific W3C/WHATWG standard, it could just remove support from Blink. What if the open-source community doesn’t agree? Just don’t index the pages that use that specific standard on their Google search engine. While it’s unlikely Google will ever have an incentive to do this, we just don’t know.