Microsoft recently started testing a new Microsoft Edge Chromium-based browser. The company has released new Canary and Dev builds for the browser in recent weeks, and the preview is really great. In fact, I've been using the new Microsoft Edge Canary on my main Windows computer and MacBook Pro for more than a month, and it's really good.
But if you watch YouTube quite often, you will encounter a new problem at the new border. It turns out Google has turned off the modern YouTube experience for users of the new Microsoft Edge at random. Users are now redirected to the old YouTube experience, which lacks the modern design and dark theme for YouTube, as Gustave Monce first discovered . If you try to access the new YouTube manually at youtube.com/new, YouTube will simply prompt users to download Google Chrome and point out that the Edge browser is not supported. Ironically, the same page states, "We support the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Edge."
The change affects the latest versions of Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev channels. It's worth noting that EdgeHTML's classic Microsoft Edge continues to work well with the modern YouTube experience.
The strange thing is that Microsoft worked closely with Google engineers on the new Edge and Chromium. Both of the company's engineers work closely together to improve chrome and introduce new features such as ARM64 support for chrome. It is therefore very strange that Google prevents users of the new Microsoft Edge browser from using the modern YouTube experience. This is most likely Google's mistake, but it may be intentional – we do not know for now.
Tagged Chromum, Google, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Edge Preview, YouTube