Google is truly the new Microsoft, moving to the second phase of Embrace-Extend-Extinguish with regards to e-mail:
I beg to disagree: small corporations can be competent. Large corporations will ultimately crumble under their own evil incompetence.
See: Peter Principle, Dunning Krueger, etc.
Case in point: Google still does not have a decent chat application. And they are retiring Hangouts (which was the closest thing to a decent app) in 2020.
And Google not having a chat app, and retiring Hangouts and Google+ -- well, great. But that's just a tiny part of their product line. Most people still use Chrome, search on Google, and use GMail.
Google is dangerously competent in pushing their agenda, I would say.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko