Internet Explorer’s tombstone goes viral in South Korea

SEOUL, June 17 (Reuters) – For Jung Ki-young, a South Korean software developer, Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) decision to discontinue its Internet Explorer web browser marked the end of a love-hate relationship with the technology that had lasted for a quarter of a century had lasted .

To commemorate his sinking, he spent a month and 430,000 won ($330) designing and ordering a tombstone with Explorer’s “e” logo and the English epitaph: “He was a good tool, to download other browsers.”

After the memorial was displayed at a cafe run by his brother in the southern city of Gyeongju, a photo of the tombstone went viral.

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Microsoft on Wednesday shut down support for the once-ubiquitous Internet Explorer after a 27-year run to focus on its faster browser, Microsoft Edge.

Jung said the memorial shows his mixed feelings about the older software that played such a big part in his working life.

“It was a pain in the ass but I would call it a love-hate relationship because Explorer himself once dominated an era,” he told Reuters.

He said it took him longer to ensure his websites and online apps worked with Explorer than with other browsers.

But his clients kept asking him to make sure their websites looked good in Explorer, which remained the default browser in South Korean government offices and many banks for years.

Launched in 1995, Explorer became the world’s leading browser for more than a decade because it was bundled with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which came pre-installed on billions of computers. Continue reading

But it started losing out to Google’s Chrome in the late 2000s and became the subject of countless internet memes, with some developers suggesting that it was sluggish compared to its competitors.

Jung said he wanted to make people laugh with the tombstone, but was still surprised by how far the joke went online.

“That’s another reason for me to thank the Explorer, he’s now allowed me to make a world-class joke,” he said.

“I’m sorry it’s gone, but I won’t miss it. So his resignation is a good death for me.”

($1 = 1,292.2600 won)

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reporting from Minwoo Park and Hyonhee Shin; Adaptation by Andrew Heavens

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