Software giant Microsoft pulled compete support from its 26 year old browser Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022 and South Korean based software engineer Jung Ki-young decided to pay homage to the browser by designing and ordering a headstone that had the ‘e’ logo of the Explorer with the caption He was a good tool to download other browsers’. Ki-young spent about 430,000 won for the headstone and caught attention when it was placed at a café that was run by his brother in the southern city of Gyeongju. A picture of the tombstone has gone viral.
Microsoft pulled the plugs from Internet explorer after a 27 year old run so it could focus on the faster browser Microsoft Edge. Jung while talking about the memorial said that it depicts mixed feelings for the old browser that had played a major part in his working life. The software engineer while talking to a leading daily said that his experience was not pleasant but called it as a love-hate relationship as it was the Explorer that had once dominated the sector. He had also found that it took longer time for the websites and apps to work on the Explorer when compared to other browsers.
Jung also shared that his customers had also demanded that their websites looked good on the Explorer as it remained as the default browser in the offices of South Korea government and a number of banks for many years. The Internet Explorer was launched in 1995 and was considered as one of the leading browsers in the world for more than a decade as it came with the Windows operating system. But soon, it started to have competition with the Google Chrome during the late 2000s. Many developers called the Explorer sluggish when compared to the rivals.
Jung also shared that the tombstone was meant to give people a laugh but was surprised as to how far it had gone on the internet.
Photo Credits: Pixabay