Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Korea's banking system stuck back in 1996?

Although it was  published three months ago, an article in Forbes sheds light on topics dealt with frequently in this blog, including Korea's "Microsoft monoculture" (see posts here) and the persistent use of Microsoft's Active-X controls (view posts here), years after the company itself warned the whole world that it was a security risk.  The article is entitled "South Korea's Online Banking System is Stuck in 1996."   The article explains in some detail why Korean banks and financial institutions continue to use Active-X controls and also why Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser continues to hold sway in this nation, long after the rest of the world abandoned it in favor of Chrome or Firefox.
dadaviz.com has a great animated data visualization showing how, in the space of just a few years, people around the world abandoned Internet Explorer in favor of faster and more useful browsers.   The graphic in this post is a screen capture from that data visualization for the year 2015. It clearly shows that only a few countries, including Greenland, Japan, and Korea continue to prefer Microsoft's browser.

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