YouTube “Your browser is up to date” error on PowerPoint and Excel redirect

YouTube is the largest video platform in the world. Thanks to it, you can find multimedia content of almost all kinds.

However, in recent days, some YouTube users have faced issues with opening videos from several desktop and productivity services.

In some cases, users of services such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and email attach links to YouTube videos in the document or message. Normally, the link should redirect directly to the video.

But there is a problem that causes YouTube links opened from a productivity service to redirect to a page with the error message “Your browser is up to date”.

YouTube redirect issue “Your browser is up to date”

According to reports, the problem in question can occur from some of the most popular office and productivity services such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and even from email (1, 2).

For the past few years, I’ve created a spreadsheet of my daily yoga workouts. Every workout I find I like on YouTube, I’ve copied and pasted the link into the spreadsheet with notes on content, time, etc. For the past few days when I click any link from any Excel spreadsheet to a Youtube video, instead of opening the video I get a page that says:

‘Your browser is up to date. You can use the latest YouTube features!’
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Help—PowerPoint no longer opens YouTube video links in Chrome. Keep getting “your browser is up to date” message instead of direct video. Forces me to stop the presentation and manually open the link. I updated chrome and same problem.
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Anyone else having trouble with the following links in Word?

Links to Twitter statuses haven’t worked for a while, and now YouTube links keep getting me a “Your browser is up to date!” page on YouTube.
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The “Your browser is up to date” error page after redirecting from YouTube links only seems to occur when you try to open them from the productivity services mentioned above.

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However, the bug occurs in any web browser. The only way to avoid it is to copy the URL and paste it directly into the browser’s address bar.

Issue escalated

A Google product expert has confirmed that the issue has been escalated to the YouTube team. The company is currently investigating the issue, so it’s probably too early for an ETA for the fix.

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We’ll update this story once there are updates related to the “Your browser is up-to-date” YouTube redirect error.

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