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Pros
"The most valuable feature is connectivity. The remote connection is the reason we are using this solution.""The feature that I like is that it is fast.""It is stable, easy to scale, and provides secure remote access.""The ease of access and the confidentiality and security that it provides is what we like best.""The price and user interface are great.""The most valuable feature is the seamless application edition with the low-level network bandwidth because we have between 10 and 15 sites in France with a low level of communication needs. We need to deploy our main application, the ERP system, and we needed an efficient solution to provide a solution to the remote sites, with very small links between the data center and the remote site.""It is a good product. I don't have any complaints.""The basic virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) feature is most valuable. We were lucky to have it in place when the pandemic hit. It is used very heavily now."

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"Installing Microsoft Desktop Services is straightforward.""The most valuable features are the desktop session and desktop virtualization.""The most valuable feature is ease of use.""The solution now includes a multi-screen feature which is great.""We have scaled the solution and find this easy to do.""The most valuable feature is performance.""It's simple and easy to use.""Good screen draw feature and ability to use two monitors."

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Cons
"The product is currently not working well in hosting conferencing software like Zoom, Team, and Salon.""This solution is resource-intensive, it takes a lot of Bandwidth and a lot of the resources of the server.""The lag when using Skype or Screen Sharing with multiple users needs to improve, as it makes it difficult for us to continue when we have to restart the system.""When there are technical issues, sometimes we can't get on the cloud.""I've recently tried to use Citrix on Ubuntu, and I don't know if this is an Ubuntu issue or a vendor issue, but you can't use Citrix right now on Ubuntu 20.04.""They can simplify the process of printers. Printers were quite a difficult issue. It took us a long time to iron this issue out. We have the most simple use case where people connect from home to either a virtual machine or their physical desktop. We tried more complex solutions like Machine Creation Services, and they were more overhead than they were worth for us. I found them difficult to work with and confusing, and they were not worth the work for us.""The application is now very complex. We started with Citrix on PCs. Now, to access the same application, we need to have a StoreFront Server, the Delivery Controller, and Citrix License Server. It's now very complex.""The initial setup is very complex."

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"My customers are worried that the RDP protocol can be easily compromised and would like the option to use an alternative like Blast.""Lacks a notification feature when internet is down.""In a future release, they could improve by providing more advanced technology and better buffering for if the connection is degraded or lost.""Sometimes difficult to set up without the requirement for login credentials each time.""The user interface needs improvement.""From the perspective of an IT professional, Microsoft Remote Desktop is very easy to use. However, it could be made easier to use for the end user, especially when it comes to activating it.""There are times I get disconnected from the service and when one or two attempts to establish a remote connection. Microsoft should show where the problem is, I have to find it by myself.""There are problems with using Microsoft Teams within a virtual desktop on a mobile device."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We don't have a lot to compare it to, but we certainly think whatever we pay is worthwhile at this point in time. It's very reasonable."
  • "We are just now approaching the end of our initial purchase, which was an excellent price for us as an academic institution. We got a very good deal to get us on board. That license is up for renewal in about a year, and we are nervously waiting to see what the pricing will be."
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  • "The solution has a perpetual license and it is purchased upfront."
  • "It will probably cost about $500 USD to get the resources set up in the cloud."
  • "Although not an expensive product, pricing is always something that can be improved."
  • "It's not an expensive solution."
  • "It's not an expensive product."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis. We're on the educational or academic license, and our terms are good. We're very happy with the pricing."
  • "The pricing could always be improved."
  • "The solution is overly expensive."
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    The basic virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) feature is most valuable. We were lucky to have it in place when the pandemic hit. It is used very heavily now.
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    We are just now approaching the end of our initial purchase, which was an excellent price for us as an academic institution. We got a very good deal to get us on board. That license is up for renewal… more »
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    They can simplify the process of printers. Printers were quite a difficult issue. It took us a long time to iron this issue out. We have the most simple use case where people connect from home to… more »
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    From the perspective of an IT professional, Microsoft Remote Desktop is very easy to use. However, it could be made easier to use for the end user, especially when it comes to activating it. Microsoft… more »
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    Citrix Workspace Cloud
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    Overview

    Only Citrix offers the most complete and integrated workspace to enable people to securely access their apps, desktops and data from anywhere. With the new Workspace app, you get complete choice of device, cloud and network, while maintaining IT security and control—even over corporate SaaS and web apps. Built on trusted Citrix solutions for Windows app and desktop delivery, device security, secure file sync and sharing, network security, and intelligent analytics, Citrix Workspace offers unmatched experience, choice, and security.

    Remote Desktop Services is a server role in Windows Server that provides technologies that enable users to access session-based desktops, virtual machine-based desktops, or applications in the data center from both within a corporate network and from the Internet. Remote Desktop Services enables a rich-fidelity desktop or application experience, and helps to securely connect remote users from managed or unmanaged devices.
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Government11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise22%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Workspace vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,780 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix Workspace is ranked 6th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 8 reviews while Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 20 reviews. Citrix Workspace is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Citrix Workspace writes "Fast set up, easy to install, with responsive support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Good remote application access that can be allowed on a per-user or per-group basis". Citrix Workspace is most compared with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Workspace ONE, VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware Horizon View and VMware App Volumes, whereas Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, VMware Horizon View, Parallels Access, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS). See our Citrix Workspace vs. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services report.

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