Let me share some info from the R&D Snow Inventory agent team on recent and upcoming changes.
Support for macOS Catalina
Snow Inventory Agent for macOS 6.4.0 will officially support macOS 10.15 (Catalina). The additional security requirements (notarization of applications and installation packages) that Apple are enforcing in Catalina have required changes both in the Inventory agent itself and also in the way we create installation packages for it. Version 6.4.0 of the macOS agent will be released on November 27th
Information on the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser
On January 14th 2020, Microsoft are planning to release their new Chromium-based Edge browser. Snow has been part of their “Edge insider”-program since April and have already verified that the existing Chrome extensions works well with this new Edge browser. We are currently working on ensuring that it will be possible to deploy our browser extension without user-interaction. More details will come as the Edge release approaches.
Information regarding Cloud metering on Firefox
Mozilla are making some improvements in Firefox, which has an impact on Snow’ cloud metering capabilities. In version 73, planned for release on February 11 2020, they will no longer support “sideloading”, which is the metod that the Snow Inventory agent for Windows currently uses. Since version 69 (released on September 3rd 2019) they offer a new method called “ExtensionSettings”. We plan to release Windows agent 6.4 that uses this new method by January 2020 to ensure compatibility with Firefox. On the up-side, the improved architecture of this new method allows us to enable automatic Firefox extension deployment by default, just as we do for Google Chrome today.