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“He was a great tool for downloading other browsers”

“He was a great tool for downloading other browsers”

South Korean software engineer spends $ 330 on tombstone marking Internet Explorer’s demise

The Tombstone of Internet Explorer browser, set up by South Korean software engineer Jung Ki-young, is pictured on the roof of a cafe in Gyeongju, South Korea, June 17, 2022. Jung Ki-Young / Handout via REUTERS

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The Tombstone of Internet Explorer browser, set up by South Korean software engineer Jung Ki-young, is pictured on the roof of a cafe in Gyeongju, South Korea, June 17, 2022. Jung Ki-Young / Handout via REUTERS

For Jung Ki-young, a South Korean software engineer, Microsoft Corps (MSFT.O) marked the decision to withdraw from the Internet Explorer browser at the end of a quarter-century of love-hate relationship with technology.

To commemorate its passing, he spent a month and 430,000 won ($ 330) designing and ordering a tombstone with the Explorer “e” logo and the English epitaph: “He was a great tool for downloading other browsers.”

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

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

Jung said the memorial showed his mixed feelings about the older software, which had played such a big role in his working life.

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

He said he found that it took longer to make sure his web pages and web apps worked with Explorer than with other browsers.

But his customers kept asking him to make sure their website 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 when it was combined with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which came pre – installed on billions of computers.

But it began to lose to Google’s Chrome in the late 2000s and became the subject of countless internet memes, with some developers suggesting it was slow compared to its rivals.

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

“There’s another reason for me to thank Explorer, it has now allowed me to make a world – class joke,” he said.

“I regret that it is gone, but do not want to miss it. So retirement, for me, is a good death.”

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