Network communication everywhere enables the same results as functional device convergence. That is, if my devices can communicate together seamlessly and easily, then I can play a VHS tape on my PC just the same as if I had a VHS drive in the case. The network is the platform in the sense that the right network services make specific devices irrelevant. The problem is that not everything is networked and even when they are, there are still compatibility problems. The network isn't pure or complete, even for the simplest things like audio and video. And if anyone comes up with something truly innovative, you can bet there will be a ton of incompatible copycats coming along afterwards.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - We don't seem to do a lot of standardisation online.
PPS - It's more like recognition of de-facto standards after the fact.