Microsoft Corp.’s decision to shut its Internet Explorer web browser meant the end of a 25-year love-hate relationship for South Korean software developer Jung Ki-young.

He spent a month and 430,000 won ($330) creating and commissioning a gravestone bearing the English epitaph “He was a good tool to download other browsers” to mark the passing of Explorer.

A picture of the gravestone went viral when the memorial was put on display at a cafe owned by his brother in the southern city of Gyeongju.

After 27 years, Microsoft ended support for the once-ubiquitous Internet Explorer on Wednesday in order to concentrate on its quicker browser, Microsoft Edge.

The memorial, according to Jung, expressed his mixed sentiments toward the older software that had been so crucial to his professional career.

Because Explorer itself previously ruled a period, he told Reuters, “It was a pain in the a**, but I would call it a love-hate relationship.”

He claimed that compared to other browsers, using Explorer required him to spend more time making sure his websites and online applications functioned.

Although Explorer remained the default browser in South Korean government offices and many banks for years, his clients kept asking him to make sure their websites looked well with it.

Because it was included with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which came pre-installed in billions of computers, Explorer, which was released in 1995, rose to become the top browser in the world for more than a decade.

Though several developers said it was slow in comparison to its competitors, it started to lose ground to Google’s Chrome in the late 2000s and was the topic of many internet jokes.

The tombstone joke, according to Jung, was intended to make people laugh, but he was nonetheless shocked by how popular it became online.

I should also appreciate the Explorer for enabling me to tell a joke of this calibre, he said.

“Although I am sorry to see it disappear, I won’t miss it. So its retirement is a wonderful death in my opinion.”


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