eBay’s new APIs: Harbingers of the Net’s commerce operating system to come? by ZDNet's David Berlind -- Yesterday, as can be seen from the video, we captured a part of eBay’s senior director of Disruptive Innovation Max Mancini’s keynote address at eBay’s Developer Conference in Boston. eBay made a series of announcements regarding new APIs and developer tools. Among them, the release of two new APIs that developers can use as they [...]
However the question remain is it really OS or new type of platform. I think OS is one of the most overused term. Maybe the lure of becoming like Microsoft OS ( a great platform ) and also leveraging the "OS" term beyond its original meaning is allowing the stretching of definition.
"Good Platform" and API's that allow it's reuse and value-add by complimenters on top of them define the boundaries between a firm and complimenters leading to a great ecosystem that is win-win for all players. Isn't eBay just trying to define a new platform boundary?