Microsoft has officially introduced its own VPN service for its Edge browser built into the Windows operating system. The VPN is currently in preview through the Canary test channel for a limited number of participants in the Edge Insiders test program.
Microsoft Edge Secure Network is a lightweight VPN that doesn’t require third-party software or browser extensions. As intended by the company, this feature aims to provide Edge users with a secure connection when browsing public networks that often lack privacy protections. Using Secure Network allows the user to hide their IP address, encrypt data and route traffic through a secure network powered by Cloudflare.
Unlike traditional VPN services that allow you to select servers in specific countries, Secure Network in Microsoft Edge automatically selects servers in the user’s region, making it impossible to bypass regional restrictions using it. So far, Microsoft has not specified whether it intends to make Secure Network in the Edge browser a paid feature. Microsoft is currently providing 1 GB free for test takers.