Kogan removed from Bing searches as Internet Explorer tax sees Microsoft censor firm

You may well remember us reporting the tax placed on Internet Explorer 7 users by electronics firm Kogan last month, especially as word spread worldwide and it became a number one trending topic on Twitter.

Well the story has taken a twist, as it appears Microsoft has completely censored the Australian retailer from its Bing search engine.

Kogan imposed a 6.8 per cent tax on goods purchased through its website on IE7, claiming the outdated browser cost its IT team time and money trying to make the site serviceable for its users, who should therefore pick up the tab as free IE upgrades are easily available.

Kogan claimed IE7 users were not only damaging its business, but costing the whole Internet economy “millions.”

And it seems this has not gone down too well at Microsoft HQ, as Kogan.com has been removed from searches on Bing as well as the affiliated engine on Yahoo. Kogan’s UK outlet plus its Facebook and Twitter pages are offered, but Kogan.com - the specific site that imposed the tax - is not returned in the search.

In an official blog post, the company commented, “This is very strange considering we are big Microsoft fans… We never waged war against Microsoft over IE7, we simply wanted people to upgrade their web browsers.”

It added, “Do you think this is just a glitch from Microsoft, or is there something more at play here?” We are wondering the same thing, so tell us what you think in the comments section below.