A Microsoft Edge developer claims in a message that Google has sabotaged the browser at E Blue to promote the dominance of its competing solution, Chrome.
A few years ago, Microsoft ended its browser Internet Explorer too slow, too outdated. His replacement, Edge, was to make a clean sweep of this painful past and redo the coat of arms of the firm of Redmond in this ultra sector dominated by Google Chrome.
Alas, despite all the efforts of Microsoft, Edge will eventually also die in a short time and be replaced by a derivative of Chrome. Advocates of this solution used to point out the energy-consuming aspect of the Chromium rendering engine in terms of both battery and RAM.
"They only slowed down the web"
This choice does not seem to have been made of gaiety of heart. In addition, a developer claiming to have worked on Microsoft Edge comes to claim that Google has sabotaged the browser E blue. He posted a message on the Hacker News forum in which he argues his speech with a concrete example.
Before consulting his remarks, remember that this is the opinion ostensibly oriented person. This remains very interesting.
I worked very recently on the Microsoft Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was the fact that Google never stopped making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we could not follow. For example, they recently added an empty div hidden above YouTube videos that causes a crash of the fast-path used for our hardware acceleration (this should be corrected in the Windows 10 October update).
As a reminder, hardware acceleration allows a machine to perform a particular task faster. Here, Edge was supposed to read YouTube videos much more quickly.
Previously, our hardware acceleration on video put us well ahead of Chrome in battery-based video playback time, but almost immediately after breaking things down on YouTube, they began to announce the superiority of Chrome over Edge on battery life for watching videos. What's really sad is that their claimed dominance was not due to a clever optimization job on Chrome, but to a failure on YouTube. Overall, they only slowed down the web.
To put it another way, Google would not have raised Chrome above the competition by improving its software, but rather by lowering that of other browsers. The author of the message tries to qualify the end of his statement, but we still feel that he has already drawn his conclusions.
Although I'm not entirely sure that YouTube has been intentionally modified to slow Edge, many of my colleagues are convinced of this – and they've been looking at it more closely. To improve nothing, when we asked him, YouTube refused to delete the hidden blank div and gave no explanation.
And this is only one case among others.
We will say again that these remarks are to be taken with hindsight. Remember, however, that Google has often been accused of abuse of dominance on these online services as well as on its Android operating system. Here, for Chrome, the case is still different, but just as interesting.
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