Australian retailer Kogan.com has successfully introduced the first ever tax on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser. Ruslan Kogan, Chief Executive, created the tax to make up the extra time and costs involved in his developers having to render the site in an outdated browser.
The tax is set at 6.8% – 0.1% for every month since IE7 launched.
Kogan thought of the idea when his team was working on a site relaunch. Just 3% of his customers used the old version of the browser, but his IT team were swimming in bugs they constantly had to fix to make pages display properly in IE7.
Kogan is certain no one will actually pay the tax, but he hopes that it will help remind people to take a moment to update their browsers to the most current versions to save developers the world over from a mountain of headaches.
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In case you didn’t know, IE7 was launched in 2006. Microsoft has since released major improvements to the browser since that time, and will be unveiling Internet Explorer 10 in the fall.
(Via BBC News)