Australian online technology retailer kogan.com is believed to be the first retailer to introduce a tax on customers still using Internet Explorer 7. The charge is added so the company can recoup the cost of backwards engineering the site for users of the outdated software.
Ruslan Kogan, Chief Executive of the company was quoted on the BBC as saying "I was constantly on the line to my web team. The amount of work and effort involved in making our website look normal on IE7 equalled the combined time of designing for Chrome, Safari and Firefox."
IE7 was superseded by IE8 in March 2009 and since then software giant Microsoft has also released IE9 with version 10 due out in the autumn of 2012.
There are unlikely to be people actually paying the charge with only 1.6% of intent users in the UK using IE7 (Stats from statcounter.com June 2012). This does raise the issue however of whether the responsibility is on users to keep their web browser up-to-date or on web designers to make their sites accessible to older browsers.
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