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End of Internet Explorer: A South Korean engineer erects a tomb for the browser

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Unlike many other countries, South Korea, which has one of the fastest Internet networks in the world, has remained tied to Internet Explorer, which Microsoft officially said goodbye to Wednesday after 27 years of service.

In honor of the navigator’s death, engineer Kiyoung Jung, 38, installed the plaque on the roof of a cafe in the southern city of Gyeongju, South Korea.

On the dark-colored stele appears the famous letter e, which has long dominated the screens of hundreds of millions of computers, accompanied by an epitaph: It was a good tool for downloading other browsers.

Most Internet Explorer users are affected by this vulnerability.

Photo: Microsoft

On the Internet, images of this monument quickly spread virally, with users of the social media site Reddit, for example, having approved them tens of thousands of times.

A popular browser in South Korea

After its launch in August 1995, Explorer had quickly supplanted the first large browser in Internet history, Netscape, to the point that it weighed over 90% of the industry by the early 2000s. But the browser ended up exasperating too. many people, who reproached him for his slowness and his recurring problems.

Except that in South Korea the use of banking services and online shopping was made mandatory until about 2014, because all these online activities required that the sites use ActiveX, an extension created by Microsoft.

And until recently, according to local press, it remained the default browser for many Korean government sites.

As a software engineer and web developer, Kiyoung Jung immediately constantly at work due to compatibility issues with Internet Explorer, he told AFP.

In South Korea, he explains, when you work in web development, you always expect it to work well with Internet Explorer, rather than Chrome.the browser of the American giant Google that now monopolizes three quarters of the global browser market, according to the specialized site Kinsta.

However, sites that work correctly on other browsers, such as Safari or Chrome, could instead have many problems on Explorer, continues Mr. Jung, who was then forced to many hours of additional work to ensure the compatibility of the sites in question.

The end, June 15, 2022

Microsoft had announced the end of Explorer in 2021, which will have known eleven successive versions.

In practice it will still be possible to use Explorer, but Microsoft will no longer make updates or changes to the browser, launched in August 1995.

On the one hand, Mr. Jung says he is satisfied with the announced end of the Microsoft browser. But on the other hand, he also claims to feel nostalgia and emotion at the idea of ​​Explorer’s disappearance, of which he experienced the apogee.

Hence his idea of ​​building a tombstone for the deceased navigator. People are often relieved that machines don’t have souls, but we as humans actually give them our hearts.explains the engineer to AFP, quoting the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Mr. Jung today says he is happy with the enthusiasm generated by her fake tombstone and specifies that he and his brother, who is the owner of the café, intend to leave her on the roof of the building indefinitely. It was very exciting to make others laughconcludes.

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