Internet Explorer 7 Tax

Are you still using IE7 browser? Then you'd be paying an extra "tax" if you shop at Australian online retailer

Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in "rendering the website into a antique browser".

The charge is set to 6.8% - 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch.

According to Mr Kogan the idea was born when the company started working on a site relaunch.

Mr Kogan said that even though only 3% of his customers used the old version of the browser, his IT team had become pre-occupied with making adaptations to make pages display properly on IE 7.

"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."


Looking at Neatorama's own log, 1.68% of you still browse with IE7. Tsk tsk. Upgrade, guys!

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Wouldn't it be simpler if they just displayed a message "Sorry, this site no longer supports your old browser. Try one of these..." and a few links.

Then again, our school only just managed to get shot of IE6!
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I sometime design web apps for the provincial government (I'm Canadian, not from the 18th century) which still uses IE7 (Then again maybe it is the 18th century!) and it pisses me off everytime. I cannot believe that they can't upgrade something as basic AND free.
That tax is welcome and I hope more will follow their example.
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yep...we have customers in Arkansas that insist on using ie7...and that was after a struggle to get them to dump ie6...something about government computer procurement
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