Google Unblocks Microsoft Edge Preview Users From Using the Modern YouTube Experience

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft Edge, Google, YouTube with 21 Comments

Yesterday, something really weird happened: for some unknown reason, users of Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser were forced to use the old YouTube experience and asked to install Chrome when they tried to use the modern YouTube experience. No one really knew exactly why that happened, and Microsoft even had to reach out to Google about the issue.

After more than 24 hours, Google has now re-enabled the new YouTube experience for Microsoft Edge preview users. That means if you use the new Microsoft Edge browser, you will now be able to use the modern YouTube experience as usual, without being forced to install Chrome.

It was not exactly clear whether Google was intentionally blocking users of the new Microsoft Edge browser from using the modern YouTube experience, or if it was simply a bug. The company claimed it was a bug in a statement to Neowin, stating “We’re aware that users of a preview version of Chromium-based Edge are being redirected to the old version of YouTube. We’re working to address this issue. We’re committed to supporting YouTube on Edge and apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing.” Considering Google was arguably quick to address the problem, I guess it is safe to say that the bug was likely a mistake on YouTube’s side.

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Comments (21)

21 responses to “Google Unblocks Microsoft Edge Preview Users From Using the Modern YouTube Experience”

  1. JCerna

    Now if they could just remove the warning signs from google apps like drive that edge is not supported and get chrome.

  2. codymesh

    taking more than 24 hours to address this is not "quick". Youtube is the second most popular site in the world.

  3. m_p_w_84

    i actually had a little look at this when i read the post... the old youtube loaded so much faster!

  4. Stoicjim

    Google is a bug...a nasty, nasty bug.

  5. shadetc

    They were explicitly targeting the "Edg" agent string and handing off a flag "html5_vp9_live_blacklist_edge=true". How is that a bug?

  6. straker135

    I would like Google to at least try to play nice by giving users a button on the Chrome recommendation pop-up that says ‘Never ask me again’. I work in an organisation that has to use Internet Explorer and that damn pop-up comes up. Every. Single. Time.

  7. MikeCerm

    How about how they're blocking New Edge from using YouTube TV entirely? Was working fine until a few days ago, now it tells me to use Chrome or Firefox. Brave seems to work, though, so it seems they're just targeting Edge users.

  8. mefree

    Bug.... Riiiiggghtt......

  9. skane2600

    Thus ends the debate about who was responsible.

  10. glenn8878

    Should be considered Anti-Trust behavior.

  11. Lordbaal

    How can it be a "bug", if Edge and Chrome are both based on Chromium?

    When on all other modern browsers it worked.

  12. sharpsone

    Sound like Google has control issues.