It certainly opens up a lot of options. As he points out in the article you could literally drive networking with anything. Take a step back from the original concept of how x does its network and things get really interesting.
As much as I hate this I will describe it anyway. You could drive an application using with a web service. HTML and json driving the application. Sad part is that with browser caching this could actually be somewhat efficient.
Braking it apart would certainly put a lot more load on the side of distributer when choosing the pieces to put together but hey they make lots of money anyway :) (joke)