Australian Etailer Puts the Screws on IE7 Users
Today in international tech news: An Australian online retailer institutes a tax on people using Internet Explorer 7. Also: A nine-year-old in Scotland who had taken to blogging about her school lunches is muzzled — and then unmuzzled — by school authorities, maligned manufacturer Foxconn experiences yet another suicide in China, and the UK rejects Julian Assange’s request to reopen his extradition appeal.
Kogan.com, an Australian online retailer, will levy a fee on those who shop at the site using Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Web browser Internet Explorer 7, according to The Economic Times.
A surcharge will be added to all purchases made via Internet Explorer 7. The rationale, according to Kogan.com Chief Executive Ruslan Kogan, is to recover costs associated with what he called an “antique browser.” He said that while only a small fraction of Kogan.com customers use IE7, it is nonetheless a burden on the site’s IT team, which has to go out of its way to accommodate the browser.
The IE7 charge is 6.8 percent, or 0.1 percent for each month since IE7′s launch. The charge will subsequently be bumped up 0.1 percent every month.