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May 02, 2022

Microsoft Edge will soon have a built-in free VPN

According to a support document recently posted on the Microsoft website, the Microsoft Edge web browser will soon offer a free VPN. The company’s new VPN service will be called Microsoft Edge Secure Network. Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t specifically refer to the new feature as a VPN; but like an iCloud Private Relay, it works the same way.

Edge’s secure network will likely be powered by Cloudflare, one of the most trusted DNS hosts in the industry, and aims to protect your device and sensitive data while browsing. This feature, which is in the early stages of development, is available to select Edge Canary users. It is not a full-fledged VPN service offered in competing browsers such as Opera.


For those concerned about their privacy, Microsoft points out in its support document that “Cloudflare will ensure privacy and collects only a limited amount of diagnostic and support data.” The company promises to remove the diagnostic and support data it collects every 25 hours. Finally, good news for all users, users who sign up with a Microsoft account get 1 GB of free data that they can use every month.

Microsoft Edge VPN

Microsoft recently released updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10; as part of its traditional monthly “updates on Tuesday” (Patch Tuesday). Based on user feedback, these updates can cause crashes in popular browsers.

Some users who installed the update complained about the inability to launch Chrome, Edge or Firefox. The error appears when users try to run Chrome.exe, msedge.exe and Firefox.exe. The message states “The application cannot be started correctly (0xc0000022). Click OK to close the application.

A user said, “After installing KB5012599, I got an error 0xc0000022; when starting Edge, Firefox and Chrome so they stopped working. Fortunately Vivaldi and Brave work perfectly so I can still browse the internet. Removing KB5012599 solves this problem.”

Apparently the problem is a conflict between the update and antivirus solutions like ESET. In this case, removing a recently installed os update or resolving a conflict with an antivirus program may help. For example, ESET already recommends disabling LiveGrid’s “Safe Browser” feature in Settings as a temporary measure.

Source: gizchina

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