Microsoft has announced the upcoming appearance of Secure Network VPN service in the proprietary Edge browser, the first mention of which appeared last month. The service is currently available to browser users as part of the Edge Insider Insider program on Canary Channel.
The Secure Network Tool does not require the installation of any additional software or extensions. The primary purpose of the feature is to allow Edge users to use a secure Internet connection when working on public networks where privacy issues are common. Using the secure network hides the real IP address, encrypts data and transmits traffic over a secure network. Cloudflare became Microsoft’s partner in this project.
Note that unlike traditional VPN services, Secure Network is not designed to bypass regional restrictions by changing the IP address. The fact is that the service automatically selects servers in the user’s region to ensure safe operation on public networks. At this point, it’s unknown if Microsoft plans to monetize the secure network or if the service will be completely free. During the test, users are provided with 1 GB of traffic to work with an activated VPN service, which is clearly not enough for, for example, streaming videos or interacting with online games.