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Internet Explorer 6 funeral: Microsoft sent flowers

Last night, around a hundred people crammed into Forest Room 5 for the funeral of Internet Explorer 6, which reportedly died during a workplace accident at Google Inc.

The biggest surprise, according to Jon Clark, business development director for Aten Design Group, which planned the memorial? "The Internet Explorer team at Microsoft sent us flowers," he says. "They sent us this beautiful floral arrangement and were really excited to kind of be part of the services. It was good to know that they got what we were doing."

Clark says the first thing most mourners did upon arrival was look at IE6's body, which consisted of stuffed clothes and a monitor with a modified IE6 logo for a head. Then they shared their remembrances, which ranged from "complete disdain to people who could appreciate it for what it was. It was an improvement when it came out, and it lived a long life -- but we're happy to see it move on," he concedes.

Look below to see funeral photos, including the casket shots of IE6 right before it went to its final reward:

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