My two cents? Google controls who sees what and why. Google founds newspack is an obvious option, Google and Automattic are targeting the companies who produce news. Control them and your message will be spread in front of everyone reading news. More money for them. This will leave behind everyone else.
This “everyone else” has the power to select not to follow their way to do business by choosing an alternative like cp. And this in my opinion will shape a part of future.
In a way wp going that way is a good thing, it gave space to develop alternatives, so that in the future there won’t be a sole king. People will still choose wp, but these days I feel people tend to divide wp and cp users
What I mean is I see a blurred line. And it’s OK. I feel there is space for wp to go its way and for CP to grow. In the early days of CP I felt excluded from wp because I was supporting CP. Now I feel as everyone is looking around to assess sharp positions (if you wp you are not cp and viceversa). What I want to say is I think it’s OK to accept that there is a blurred line between cp and wp. The two aim different target and nevertheless sometimes overlap. It is clear that Automattic goes where money is. It’s not conspiracy. Is just logic. It’s clear many will dislike this. For me it means there is space for diversity and grow if we behave in a competitive and fair way. We will help wp grow if we grow ourselves. And this is good because it’s not us or them. It can be both.