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YouTube's redesign might mean slower loading times for non-Chrome usersFrom The 3:59 show: If you're using Firefox or Edge, it might be a while before this video loads.
If you are watching this video on YouTube and from a non-chrome browser, things could be loading real slow for you. Please don't blame us for that. It turns out that google re-design has made YouTube load 5x slower on Firefox and Edge at least according to Chris Peterson, a Mozilla technical programme manager. YouTube's redesign relies on API that's only found in Chrome and it means it takes much longer to load if you're not using it. Peterson recommended a Firefox extension called YouTube classic that you could use to fix this slow loading time, But honestly, is there anything that riles people up more than slow loading times? Well, it's this browser platform war, that's the next big battleground. It was years ago IE versus Firefox and going even back before that. Chrome was waiting for a long time, but, you know, the guys who make the hardware have an upper hand here because when you buy a MacBook it comes with Safari and that's it, and if you buy a Windows laptop or PC it comes with the Windows Edge. Edge. [Crosstalk] With IE buried somewhere in there. [LAUGH] So do you think that they did this on purpose though to get more people to use Chrome? I mean it's already the most popular browser online with like 59% web usage. Is it? Yeah.>> Wow, that's interesting. Cause Edge has a huge The huge, dare I say, Edge, because you just buy a laptop. And if you don't know there are other browsers you can get, you just use that. I feel like most people use Edge to download Chrome, though. That's, listen, that's power users like us. [LAUGH] That's people who have two or three new laptops a week, like me. Hundred %. But Edge has advantages too. Here's the thing, we've done a bunch of testing. And if you're on a Mac and you have Safari, or if you're on a Windows machine and you have Edge you actually do get more efficient use of your systemand it could make your battery life longer. That said, Chrome is, generally speaking, less annoying. You gotta trade that off.