The Internet started as an open place. It was based around the idea of openness: No matter what tools you’d use, there where some open protocols that defined how to access or exchange content. I’m sure the web would not look the same if it was invented with big players involved, that now dictate what’s happening on the web. Every of these big players tries to keep users in it’s silo.
When you design a website these days, make sure to do it responsive. You already heard of this before, I guess. In the article The Best Browser is the One You Have with You you can find a lot of arguments why it's so important.