The Best Way to Explain it is…
There are two main types of programs — ones that run directly on your desktop or laptop computers and others that run in the browser on your desktop or laptop.
The first type are called Desktop Applications and the second type are called Web Applications. You’ve probably also noticed that the look and feel of each type of program is different. When you create an email in the Microsoft Outlook desktop app you click an icon on your desktop and Outlook is launched. When you check your bank account you do that by opening up your favorite internet browser. You would then type in your bank’s web address or click on a shortcut icon on your desktop.
Either way, this second type of app always uses a browser. And that is the big point! The browser controls everything. And if the manufacturer of the browser decides to discontinue support for certain features (that, say, your bank app uses) then your bank app won’t work anymore.
These browser manufacturers are careful not to upset us too much so they phase out support for these features over time. They have a moral (if not a legal) reason to do that but it is unlikely you have ever noticed those deprecation notices as they call them. But we notice them for you.
IIX realized this vulnerability two years ago and started to rewrite our Plant Suite from the ground up. We wanted the new program to run on a workstation like Desktop Plant (DP) but be able to access the database at some remote location in the cloud if necessary. This is a big deal because now IXP is not a hostage to the browsers and because of that it can also do a lot more.
IXP accomplishes this and we added more features too. IXP doesn’t even need a browser to access your Plant even if it is at a remote location.