Watch Internet Explorer Tombstone spread very fast in South Korea

SEOUL, June 17 (Reuters) – Jung Ki-young, a South Korean software engineer, has decided to retire his browser, Internet Explorer, for Microsoft Corporation (MSFT.O), ending a quarter of the love-hate relationship. Century with technology.

To commemorate his death, he spent 430,000 a month (US $ 330) designing and ordering the headstone with the English message “Explorer” e “logo and a great tool for downloading other browsers”.

After displaying a monument at a cafe run by his brother in the southern city of Jeongju, the image of the headstone went viral.

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Microsoft cut support for ubiquitous Internet Explorer on Wednesday after 27 years of operation to focus on its fastest browser, the Microsoft Edge.

Jung said the monument showed his mixed feelings towards past concerts that played a big role in his career.

“It sucked, but I call it a love-hate affair because Explorer itself dominates an era,” he told Reuters.

He said it took longer to make sure his websites and online apps were working with Explorer compared to other browsers.

But his customers keep asking him to make sure their sites are good in Explorer, which has been the default browser for years in South Korean government offices and many banks.

Launched in 1995, Explorer has been the world’s leading browser for over a decade, integrating into the pre-installed Microsoft Windows operating system on billions of computers. See more info

But it began to lose Google Chrome in the late 2000s and became the target of many Internet memes, with some developers claiming that it was slow compared to its competitors.

Jung said he intended to make people laugh by looking at the headstone, but he still wondered how far the online joke had gone.

“This is one more reason I can say thank you to Explorer, which has now allowed me to make world-class jokes,” he said.

“I’m sorry he’s gone, but I will not lose him. So your retirement is a good death for me.”

($ 1 = 1,292.2600 won)

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Minwoo Park and Hyunhai Shin Reporting; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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