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Microsoft introduced a built-in VPN for the main Windows browser

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Microsoft has officially introduced its own VPN service for its Edge browser, built into the Windows operating system. It’s called the Secure Network.

Microsoft introduced a built-in VPN for the main Windows browser

The VPN is currently available in preview through the Canary test channel to a limited number of participants in the Edge Insiders test program.

Microsoft Edge Secure Network is a lightweight VPN that does not require third-party software or browser extensions. As envisioned by the company, this feature aims to provide Edge users with a secure connection when working on public networks, which often lack privacy protections. Using Secure Network allows you to hide your IP address, encrypt your data, and route traffic through a secure network powered by Cloudflare.

Microsoft introduced a built-in VPN for the main Windows browser

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 for free to test takers.

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Windows 11 will have an easy way to restore all applications on a new PC

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Microsoft has finally announced the imminent arrival of support for the app restore feature in the Microsoft Store in the Windows 11 operating system.

Windows 11 will have an easy way to restore all applications on a new PC

The software maker will soon begin testing a new feature that allows you to restore apps on a new Windows 11 PC. Currently, the Microsoft Store does not offer an automatic way to restore apps, instead forcing Windows users to manually install apps from the library.

Windows 11 will have an easy way to restore all applications on a new PC

Microsoft Store General Manager Giorgio Sardo said:

To make it easier for customers to migrate to new PCs quickly and seamlessly, we’ll soon be testing a new feature in the Windows Insider channel that will help customers automatically restore their previously installed apps from the Microsoft Store to a new Windows device.

Restoring applications will be especially useful for users who frequently change computers, or for developers who regularly use virtual machines and multiple devices. Previously, Windows users had to rely on third-party package managers to perform these kinds of tasks.

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It’s official: Microsoft is finally bringing third-party widgets to Windows 11

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Microsoft made an interesting announcement during the Build 2022 developer conference regarding the Windows 11 operating system – the long-awaited support for widgets created by third-party developers will soon appear in it.

It's official: Microsoft is finally bringing third-party widgets to Windows 11

At launch, Windows 11 only supported Microsoft branded widgets and more support was expected, but the company has remained silent until now. Previously, there were only rumors about such a function, but now it is officially presented.

As Microsoft notes, third-party developers will be able to offer their own widgets to Windows 11 users until the end of 2022. Developers will be able to create widgets for Win32 and PWA applications using the Adaptive Cards framework.

Widgets are small windows that display dynamic information in a special panel on the Windows desktop. There are only 11 widgets currently available in Windows 11, including weather, sports, games, photos, watchlist, entertainment, traffic, tasks, Outlook calendar, family safety, and tips.

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Android apps on Windows 11 become available in five more regions

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Android apps on Windows 11 become available in five more

Microsoft is expanding the geographic reach of its Android app testing program on Windows 11 PCs.

Android apps on Windows 11 become available in five more regions

Back in October 2021, Android apps for Windows 11 finally became available to members of the Windows Insiders Testing Program. Then, after months of testing, they became available as a public preview and in a stable version of the OS, but only for users in the US. Microsoft today announced that it is expanding this program to more countries.

Android apps on Windows 11 become available in five more regions

As a result, Windows 11 users in five more countries will now be able to enjoy Android apps right on their PC. These include France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. Although Microsoft hasn’t announced a specific timeline, the company has noted that this should happen before the end of 2022.

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Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary of Street View, the feature became available on iOS and Android

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Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary

The Google Street View feature turns 15 today. To celebrate this occasion, Google has added the ability to view street photos on mobile devices. This feature has been around on computers since 2014, but it’s only now being rolled out to iOS and Android.

Google introduced the camera in honor of the 15th anniversary of Street View, the feature became available on iOS and Android

Google is making an important improvement to the way it captures Street View data for Google Maps with its new camera. In the image below, it’s a new modular system that weighs around 7kg and is no bigger than a house cat, according to Google. The new camera can be installed on any car with a roof rack and controlled from a mobile device. Previously, Google Street View cameras required a special vehicle mount and sophisticated processing equipment to operate.

The new camera will allow Google to expand the Street View feature. Google says the new camera will be in use next year.

It is also announced that Street View Studio will allow users to quickly and bulk upload panoramic image sequences to Google Maps.

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