Still using IE7? Get your hand deeper into your pocket then - Kogan are charging you for it
Are you still using the horrendous, outmoded Internet Explorer 7 on your computer? Well, you shouldn’t be – after all, it’s 2012 you dozy punk.
If you’re a customer of Aussie tech retailer Kogan, you inexplicable browsing lifestyle choice will also cost you money from now on – that’s because they’ve introduced a ‘tax’ on anyone who tries to order something from them while using IE7.
They’ve set a surcharge of 6.8% - 0.1% for every month since IE7 was launched. It might look like a publicity stunt (and it’s got Kogan plenty of coverage since they announced the charge) but the charge is for real for users of the cobweb-addled piece of software.
Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in "rendering the website into an antique browser”, adding “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.”
He says that only 3% of his site’s visitors use IE7, which must make it all the more annoying that he has had to invest time and money in getting the site to look good on it. He shouldn’t have bothered.
Which browser do YOU use? Tell us – we’re genuinely interested. No we’re not.