In case you missed it, Microsoft officially retired Internet Explorer last week, after almost three decades of service. For many of us over a certain age, it was the first real method of going online and surfing the web. However, for South Korean software engineer Jung Ki-young, Internet Explorer’s departure had perhaps moved him so much that he commissioned a real tombstone for it.
Jung had spend ₩430,000 (~RM1,467) for an actual tombstone with the Internet Explorer name and logo, together with its birthday 17/8/1995 and its death, 15/6/2022. The tombstone also carried the epitaph “He was a good tool to download other browsers.” Jung then placed the tombstone at a cafe in the city of Gyeongju that his brother operates. And yet, despite him forking out real money, Jung didn’t exactly have a great relationship with Internet Explorer, which you could probably tell after reading the epitaph on its gravestone.
According to Reuters, the tombstone was meant to show Jung’s mixed feelings for Internet Explorer, which had played a big part in his working life. As a software engineer, he had to ensure websites and apps worked well with Explorer; this task alone took up more of his time than any other browser did. Despite the additional trouble and the fact that so few people used Internet Explorer in its last couple of years, his clients still required him to ensure compatibility with Internet Explorer.
“It was a pain in the ass, but I would call it a love-hate relationship because Explorer itself once dominated an era,” – Jung Ki-Young
While the tombstone was perhaps just another joke mocking the unreliable and painfully slow browser, his pictures of the tombstone quickly went viral online. Jung jokingly added that he had to thank Internet Explorer one last time for giving him the inspiration for one last joke. He also says that while he regrets its demise, he certainly won’t miss it and that its retirement is arguably a good death overall.
As for Internet Explorer, Microsoft has stated that it will slowly be forcing Internet Explorer users to their newer modern browser Microsoft Edge. You’ll see a message stating that the future of Internet Explorer is Edge and that it’ll automatically bring over your browsing history, passwords, bookmarks and more into Edge to let you seamlessly continue surfing the web. Microsoft will be rolling this out in the coming months and you can click here to read more about the transition.
Or alternatively, you can just download Google Chrome.
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