Just add a rule to the mysql configuration file.Browser Info Environment
No Mac, Win or Nix problem.
Just a user problem, your development env. needs to be set correctly.
I also personally find the add-on useful when I need to deal with moving sites that have been running under a database on Windows Server machines which don't have the setting correctly setup.
Fortunately, you seem to be in a position that you can control all the webmasters of the world, so good for you!
Yes, commonly you should not need it. It's just for migration purposes as the topic of the add-on should already point out.