Whether you blame Google or the often slow moving World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the results have been particularly evident throughout 2017. Google has been at the center of a lot of “works best with Chrome” messages we’re starting to see appear on the web. Google Meet, Allo, YouTube TV, Google Earth, and YouTube Studio Beta all block Windows 10’s default browser, Microsoft Edge, from accessing them and they all point users to download Chrome instead. Google Meet, Google Earth, and YouTube TV are also not supported on Firefox with messages to download Chrome. Google has publicly promised to support Earth on Edge and Firefox, and the company is “working to bring YouTube TV to more browsers in the future.”
I usually refuse to use a service when it’s Chrome only. This whole situation is annoying and just bad for the web in general. Also don’t get me started on the “working to bring YouTube TV to more browsers in the future” part. To be honest, Chrome is just a big blob of crap after years of adding features. Even for web development I still prefer Safari’s inspector because it’s way cleaner and nicer.