TL;DR: test the pre-release (it breaks things). Enterprise & EDU version discounted. Desktop apps and developer-mode kiosk reaching EOL.
Most people will currently be on version 5.18.0. Since then, there are a few new features, bug fixes, and importantly: breaking changes. The most significant is the removal of the remote administration functionality. This is being replaced by support for policy file upload (and device rebooting and management) through Chrome Management Console. Because of this, we are offering:
2. 50% discount on Enterprise for existing users If you haven’t already, check out the feature comparison. Licensing fee is discounted from $2,500 to $1,250 for unlimited devices for the next 30 days (educational use on sale at $750). If you’d like to get set up or learn more, reply to this email or give us a call at: +1 (608) 888-9434
Related: You may have noticed kiosk mode on developer-mode Chrome OS was temporarily broken. This issue has been resolved for the moment. Long term however, it appears Google will be discontinuing support for kiosk mode on developer devices. We are encouraging all customers with this use case to consider single-app kiosk licenses or to reach out to us with questions.
3. Desktop version to be released Q4 2018 It was previously announced Google will be discontinuing support for Windows/OSX/Linux Chrome apps. Full support has not yet been removed from the browser, but may be at any time. We have a desktop version of the Kiosk application currently in development and anticipate the first release within the next quarter.
4. New support options We are shutting down the existing discussion forum in favor of a proper issue ticketing system in order to work with you all. As always, your bug reports and feature requests are greatly appreciated and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at: +1 (608) 888-9434.
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Sync Free and Enterprise versions
The following changes from Enterprise branch are now included in the Free version:
BREAKING CHANGE: Removed support for F3 key content refresh
BREAKING CHANGE: Removed optional CTRL+I shortcut for viewing system information
BREAKING CHANGE: Removed support for new windows in modals
BREAKING CHANGE: Removed support for remote admin
Bug fix: shortcut key commands now work with all content
Bug fix: new windows can now correctly open children
Bug fix: screensaver
Bug fix: console error
Bug fix: show multiple URL mode on edit
New feature: disable iframes
New feature: disable file upload fields
New feature: “disable” printing
New feature: open new windows in tabs
New feature: show battery status