Microsoft Edge continues to integrate new services to try to stand out from the competition. The next innovation is a free VPN that will be available to all Internet users. Will this be enough to convince new users to make Edge their default browser?
It all depends on their expectations of a VPN, as it won’t give as many possibilities as a paid subscription.
Microsoft Edge’s free VPN has already started its deployment
Through its Windows Insiders program, Microsoft has offered registered users to preview this VPN integrated into Edge.
The test phase seems to be successful, since the service will soon be available in a stable and official version, so for all Internet users who use Microsoft Edge with the latest update. Its deployment has already started according to some testimonials.
Microsoft Edge will allow users to hide their IP address with a single click, at any time. However, it is not the first browser to offer it, since Opera’s VPN extension has been available for several years now. Firefox and Brave also offer the same type of service. The free VPN on Edge, however, only offers a local IP address change, not a choice in location change.
Activate the free VPN as soon as it is available on Microsoft Edge :
- go to the browser settings;
- go to the “Secure Network” section;
- if necessary, enter your Microsoft login or create an account;
- activate the VPN of Microsoft Edge (a shield appears in the search bar as soon as it works)
What is the difference between the free Edge VPN and a paid offer?
Two points mark the differences between paid and free VPNs like the one Edge is about to integrate. The main one is the choice of location.
A premium VPN offers a list of servers associated with countries. Depending on the destination chosen, an Internet user can unblock content reserved for local residents. Here, Microsoft Edge VPN will simply provide a new IP address in the same region as the user, without any possible changes.
The other discrepancy concerns the usage time. Microsoft Edge will not allow unlimited use of its VPN. The limit will be set at 1 GB per month. That said, it seems members of the Windows Insiders program have had access to 15 GB.
Paid versions could also be on sale. However, it will be difficult to compete with subscriptions for less than $2 per month that include more services and give more possibilities.