Earlier last week Microsoft announced the official end of support for Internet Explorer (hurrah!). In true spirit of the celebration Jung Ki-young spent 430,000 won (which is about nearly 500 AUD at the writing of this article) on a new headstone to put up on his brothers cafe.
His brother’s cafe in Gyeongju, South Korea, features IE’s logo followed by an English inscription that reads, “He was a good tool to download other browsers.”
He was a good tool to download other browsers
Jung originally told Reuters that he had commissioned the memorial to commemorate a piece of software that had defined his career. Even as better alternative browsers such as Chrome and Firefox went on to replace Internet Explorer, many of Jung’s customers required him to ensure their websites looked good in Microsoft’s crumby Internet Explorer as well as other modern browsers.
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
Although Internet Explorer is no longer supported, Edge’s IE Mode will continue to work through 2029 and possibly later. Although this is expected to just be for services and websites that were built in an "IE Only" context.