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Internet Explorer Grave Stone Erected In South Korea Where Browser Was Once Mandatory

Jayden Collins

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Internet Explorer Grave Stone Erected In South Korea Where Browser Was Once Mandatory

A gravestone has been erected in South Korea for the late Internet Explorer after Microsoft announced earlier this week that it was being sent into digital retirement. 

Microsoft officially shut down the browser after 27 years of service on Wednesday (June 15).

Although web users often ridiculed Internet Explorer, there was still a sense of sorrow.

One country that is definitely mourning the loss of the digital friend is South Korea, which surprisingly, still relied heavily on the internet browser. 

A lad decided to remember the browser by erecting a monument in honour of the fallen soldier.

Credit: Clien.
Credit: Clien.

Taking to a roof in the city of Gyueongju and placing the plaque next to one of the smallest churches man has ever seen, the memorial read: “He was a good tool to download other browsers.”

Even while being honoured the poor browser still gets mocked. 

The lad uploaded photos of the memorial in a post titled ‘Remembering his unparalleled achievements’.

While the memes at the expense of the laggy browser have been commonplace ever since browsers such as Chrome and Firefox came to play, the browser was actually one of the most used in countries such as South Korea and Japan. 

Up until 2014, South Koreans were legally required to use Internet Explorer for online shopping and banking.

The government had created ‘digital certificates’ for citizens' personal information using Microsoft plugin ActiveX.

Credit: Clien.
Credit: Clien.

According to Risk Based Security, the government lifted the mandatory use of ActiveX in 2014, however, it remained the second most popular browser up until the day of its death. 

We’re thinking the Internet Explorer users weren’t aware of the news of other browsers as the browser takes 500 years to load any news sites anyway. 

In Japan, many companies are actually reeling from the change as they had postponed updating their browser software or changing over to other browsers until the last minute.

In March, a survey revealed that 49 per cent of organisations in Japan still relied on Internet Explorer for work, according to Nikkei Asia

Tokyo-based software developer Computer Engineering & Consulting has been inundated with pleas for help, with a CEO official believing the chaos will last for ‘a few months’.

The fact these countries and organisations are still clinging on for dear life is surprising considering Microsoft even dumped it back in 2015 and replaced it with the Edge browser.

The last time the ole faithful browser had an update was back in 2013 when Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 11, and now it has been laid to rest.

Rest In Peace old friend.

Featured Image Credit: Clien. Alamy.

Topics: Technology, Microsoft

Jayden Collins
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