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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."

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Top Answer: It could be made simpler from a management perspective. It should be easier to set it up for desktop printing.
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Ranking
2nd
out of 28 in Virtual Desktop
Views
17,763
Comparisons
14,775
Reviews
14
Average Words per Review
375
Rating
7.9
11th
out of 28 in Virtual Desktop
Views
1,505
Comparisons
1,418
Reviews
0
Average Words per Review
0
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Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
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Overview
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.

VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

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Sample Customers
Bank Alfalah Ltd.
Akademiska Hus
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm27%
Healthcare Company18%
University18%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company19%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company23%
Financial Services Firm6%
Media Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise35%
REVIEWERS
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix, Microsoft, VMware and others in Virtual Desktop. Updated: May 2021.
512,711 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop with 14 reviews while VMware Player is ranked 11th in Virtual Desktop. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 7.8, while VMware Player is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "It's predictable but they need to develop ´╗┐´╗┐better support for remote desktops for alternative platforms". On the other hand, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with VMware Horizon View, TeamViewer, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and VMware Workspace ONE, whereas VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Horizon View, VMware Workstation, Parallels Desktop and NComputing vSpace.

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