You may have seen lots of new announcement on how you can access you Notes/Domino Inbox from applications other than IBM Notes. Here are links to some of the announcements:
IBM Verse -> http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-verse
IBM Verse On-premises -> https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&subtype=CA&htmlfid=897/ENUS216-397&appname=lenovous&language=en
IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlook -> http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=877&letternum=ENUSZP16-0324#toc
All of these provide a way to get to your mail, be that on an on-premises Domino Mail Server, or in the IBM Connections Cloud Mail. As you start to use these clients, the question of accessing your existing Notes/Domino applications comes up, with a question - "Should I continue to use Notes Client or is there another way?". The answer to this question is "IBM Client Application Access" (known as ICAA).
Let's cover quickly what ICAA Is:
- Light-weight Standalone client for accessing your Notes/Domino applications (these could be based on standard discussion or other templates, or your own custom designed applications)
- Works closely & seamlessly with the above mail clients (IBM Verse, IMSMO, IBM iNotes, IBM Verse for on-premises etc)
- Redirects Mail operations to these mail clients.
- No Modifications required for your existing applications
- Simpler install/setup
- Auto-Update mechanism built-in for customers using IBM Connections Cloud Mail (reduces your TCO - total cost of ownership significantly)
- available on Windows & Mac
ICAA was released about a year back. We have just recently released ICAA version 188.8.131.52. This is to support IMSMO.
ICAA vs IBM Notes Browser Plug-in (NBP)
You may wonder as to what are the differences between the 2 and what to use. You can think of ICAA as a next release of NBP, mainly moving away from the Browser Plug-in model which "Notes Browser Plug-in" had and making it a stand-alone application. This also enabled us to provide Mac version of the product. So in terms of functionality, reason - both will allow you to access Notes/Domino applications unmodified" stands as is.
NBP will continue to be part of IBM Notes 9.0.1 fix-packs. Whereas ICAA now has it's own release cycle and we are following continuous delivery model to release when we have sufficient reason to do so. So it's not tied to any other products release cycle.
So continue using NBP if you are happy with it. If you have not, and want a light-weight access to your Notes/Domino Applications, ICAA is your answer.