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It's hard to begrudge a company the right to incorporate functionality that users have shown they want. Nobody complained when Microsoft introduced a basic anti-malware solution for Windows (well, no one but Symantec and McAfee and so on). The developer who fills in a "missing" feature of the OS ought to know that the gravy train is only going to last as long as it takes for the OS vendor to fill in the gap itself. I suppose we can debate whether an offline Web page reader should be considered an integral part of an operating system, in the same way malware protection might be. And referencing the very product they were killing in the feature notes was crass, to say the least. Still, does anyone expect the Jobs-era Apple to be polite? Social mores are for the little people. The king is too important to be bothered with mere niceties. And, @Mdhughes, let's not rewrite history: NETSCAPE killed Netscape with their boneheaded decision to rewrite their code base from scratch--thereby going dark for three and a half years and missing the entire dot-com boom--only to resurface in late 2000 with Netscape 6, which is generally remembered as one of the worst browsers of all time. If they had released a halfway decent Netscape 5 in 1998 they'd still be with us.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2011 on Serving at the Pleasure of the King at Coding Horror