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Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea


A tombstone in South Korea marks the final days of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft shut down Internet Explorer in June, but it is still needed for a small number of critical banking and government-related tasks in South Korea.

Credit: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

In South Korea, one of the world's most technologically advanced countries, there are few limits to what can be done conveniently online — except if you're using the wrong web browser.

On Google Chrome, you can't make business payments online as a corporate customer of one of the country's largest foreign-owned banks. If you're using Apple's Safari, you're unable to apply for artist funding through the National Culture and Arts website. And if you're a proprietor of a child care facility, registering your organization with the Health and Welfare Ministry's website is not possible on Mozilla's Firefox.

In all these cases, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, or a similar alternative, is the required browser.

From The New York Times
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