The end of Internet Explorer | An engineer erects a grave for a navigator

(Seoul) Internet Explorer may have made everyday life agonizing, but a South Korean computer engineer nonetheless decided to build a tombstone, the images of which have already gone viral, in memory of web browser giant Microsoft.

Posted at 6:33 am

Claire Lee
France media agency

Unlike many other countries, South Korea, which has one of the world’s fastest internet networks on average, has been strangely tied to Internet Explorer, which Microsoft officially called on Wednesday after 27 years of service.

In honor of the navigator’s “death,” engineer Kyung Jung, 38, has installed a tombstone on the rooftop of a coffee shop in Gyeongju, southern South Korea.

On the dark-colored screen appears the famous letter “e”, which has long been crowned on the screen of hundreds of millions of computers, accompanied by a testimony: “It was a good tool for downloading other browsers.”

On the Internet, photos of this monument went viral, users of the social network Reddit, for example, have approved it tens of thousands of times.

compatibility issues

After its launch in August 1995, Explorer quickly replaced the first major browser in Internet history, Netscape, to the point that it weighed more than 90% of the sector by the early 2000s. A good number of users have blamed him for his slowness and recurring problems.

Except in South Korea, it became mandatory to use online banking and purchases until about 2014, because all of these online activities require that sites use ActiveX – an extension created by Microsoft.

Until recently, it remained the default browser for many Korean government websites, according to the local press.

As a software engineer and web developer, Kyung Jung “continually struggled” in business due to compatibility issues with Internet Explorer, he told AFP.

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

However, sites that work properly on other browsers, such as Safari or Chrome, on the other hand can present many problems to Explorer, continues Mr. Jung, who then had to do many hours of extra work to ensure compatibility. respective sites.

Nostalgia and passion

And Microsoft had announced in 2021 the end of Explorer, which would have known eleven consecutive releases, and then in the middle of last year gave the date of June 15, 2022.

In practice, Explorer will still be used, but Microsoft will no longer make any updates or changes to the browser, which was launched in August 1995.

On the other hand, Mr. Jung says he is “delighted” to announce the end of Microsoft’s browser. But on the other hand, he also claims to be nostalgic and passionate about the idea of ​​the Explorer’s disappearance, which he experienced its zenith.

Hence his idea to build a tombstone for the deceased navigator.

“People are often relieved that machines have no souls, but as human beings we give them our hearts,” the engineer told AFP, citing Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Mr. Jung says he is happy today with the excitement of his fake tombstone and explains that he and his brother – the café owner – plan to leave it on the roof of the building indefinitely.

“It was very interesting to make others laugh,” he explains.

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