Yesterday, a story made critical by Google that the rounds were claimed to be from a former intern who worked on the Microsoft Edge team. Joshua Bakita detailed a specific instance where Google allegedly changed the site code to make Google apps / websites either not rendered correctly or perform badly on competing browsers.
"For example, they recently added a hidden empty div over YouTube videos that make the hardware acceleration fast for bail," wrote Bakita. "In the past, our very state-of-the-art video chat put us out of Chrome on video playback time on the battery, but almost instantly broke things on YouTube, they began to announce Chrom's dominance over Edge on video surveillance battery life."
Bakita continued to deplore Google's policies and their impact on users. He also added that this was just one of many examples of Google's efforts to choke the competition.
Although Google does not has responding to the accounts of an earlier Microsoft International claiming an internet forum, a YouTube spokesman gave a statement to The Verge refused to any Bad will was meant. Instead, the representative claims that the blank dive was an error in his code that was later resolved (after it was downloaded to Google's attention). The representative continued to add:
YouTube does not add code designed to defeat optimizations in other browsers, and works fast to fix errors when detected. We regularly collaborate with other browser vendors through standard bodies, the Web Platform Testing Project, the Open Source Chromium Project, and more to improve the browser's interoperability.
Although the YouTube representative appears to make Google out of its way to make life harder for competing browsers, Mozilla employees have also complained about guidelines that have made Google's interoperability frustrating.
YouTube page download is 5 times slower in Firefox and Edge than in Chrome, because YouTube's Polymer redesign relies on the deprecated Shadow DOM v0 API, which is only implemented in Chrome. You can restore YouTube's faster pre-polymer design with this Firefox extension: https://t.co/F5uEn3iMLR
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With Microsoft, which now joins the Google Chromium project for future versions of Microsoft Edge, the pressure is now mounted for Mozilla and its ability to maintain Firefox continues. The company expressed dismay with Microsoft's decision to join Google, saying that Microsoft was "officially giving up".
"Google is a strong competitor with highly talented employees and a monopolistic team of unique assets," added Mozilla. "Google's dominance across search, advertising, smartphones and data capture creates an enormous twisted game field that works against the rest of us."