The Internet Explorer era has come to an end. On June 15th, Microsoft stopped full support for the web browser, completing a 27-year run that began in 1995. The initial version of the web browser was introduced in 1995 as part of the optional Plus! for Windows 95 operating system.
It reached its pinnacle in 2003, with a utilization rate of over 95%. However, as other companies released new browsers in later years, the user base quickly dropped to nothing. Netizens reacted to social media as soon as Microsoft announced its retirement to share cherished recollections of the browser.
Internet Explorer was once essential or strongly relied upon by millions of people in South Korea, more than in any other country. In nations like South Korea and Japan, Internet Explorer is one of the most used browsers. According to reports, until 2014, South Koreans were compelled to use Internet Explorer for online shopping and banking.
“It was a good way to download other (regular) browsers,” wrote one admirer, who erected a headstone, planted flowers, and wrote a moving inscription to honour and remember the iconic browser.