Internet Explorer is dead, and some nerdy designers are taking their good-riddance to Kickstarter.
The campaign will produce classy, poster-sized screen prints of a fictional speech that perfectly captures how little anyone will actually miss the maligned web browser. It’s seeking a measly $500 to start production, with extra money going toward making the prints available in additional languages.
Here’s what the poster says, as revealed on the Kickstarter page:
Today, the cries of mankind are answered,” the poster will say. “The online connectivity of the world will begin a long-awaited transformative path towards an internet free of unnecessary convolution, free of evil, tyrannical cross-browser incompatibility—free of Internet Explorer®.
As we celebrate the deprecation of the worst web browser in history, let us remember the software that managed to burn holes in even the best web code without fail. Internet Explorer® has proven to be the bane of web developers everywhere and has taught us all a valuable lesson: even a landscape as magnificent as the world wide web can be marred and tarnished with seemingly no hope of repair.
Today, hope has finally arrived. Let us embrace it, cherish it, and never take it for granted. For a world without Internet Explorer® is a world of infinite possibility.
It’s signed “Everyone Ever,” which happens to be the name of the company that is using this as its launch project. And that is pretty cold, but also accurate.
“There are certain things that most everyone can agree on, and those are the things we find fun to talk about,” Everyone Ever’s mission statement says. “Starting with the end of Internet Explorer® on the 12th of January, 2016, we’ve taken on the role of putting out cool stuff to commemorate events that most of us see eye to eye on.”
The Internet Explorer poster will be available in a standard size of 18″x24″, but the campaign also includes a 24″x36″ limited edition of 300 and an even more rare special edition that will be a massive 40″x60″. Only 100 of those will exist, and both the limited and special versions will include a cool gold color for the signature at the bottom of the print. The company is also putting that signature on T-shirts for lower pledge amounts.
Microsoft announced last week that it would cease support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10, and that goes into effect today. The browser originally launched on August 16, 1995, and it became infamous 10 years later for the perpetual security problems that made it a popular target for hackers trying to grab users’ personal information.
The company is urging people still running the now-obsolete browser to “take action” and upgrade to its new, fancier browser, Microsoft Edge. The updated software, which came out last year, has Microsoft’s Siri and Google Now-like digital assistant, Cortana, built right into it. It’s the default browser for PCs running Windows 10.