11 January 2019
Not too long ago, users began complaining over the fact that Microsoft Edge offered a slow YouTube streaming experience. From the start, Google has been blamed for slowing down the performance in order to portray the browser in a negative light. Google has denied that it has altered YouTube code to slow down performance when using Microsoft Edge. If you didn’t already know, Microsoft Edge is the integrated Windows 10 web browser and is still quite widely used.
The claims of Google playing an unfair game was allegedly brought up by a former software engineering intern at Microsoft, Joshua Bakita. The former intern claimed that Google had added a "hidden empty div over YouTube videos" which led to poor performance of YouTube videos streaming through Microsoft Edge. Google has refuted this allegation, claiming that all it did was fix a bug in YouTube. A YouTube spokesperson publicly said that:
YouTube does not add code designed to defeat optimisations in other browsers, and works quickly to fix bugs when they're discovered.
Well, it seems like Microsoft Edge isn’t the only browser facing issues when streaming YouTube content. A Mozilla Firefox programme manager reported the same thing happening which resulted in a 5 times slower experience.