Compare Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps)

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 6th in Remote Access with 3 reviews while XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) is ranked 2nd in Remote Access with 12 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 6.6, while XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) is rated 8.6. 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, the top reviewer of XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) writes "Provides flexibility in the architecture but it needs better integration into other environments ". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and VMware Horizon View, whereas XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) is most compared with TeamViewer, Microsoft App-V and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS). See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps) report.
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Pros
I like that it works. In most cases, it's predictable. You know what you get.It's almost an out of the box function once you have installed the other components.It is a stable product.

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I found the ease of deployment, scalability, and security to be to our benefit when supplying virtual applications to our clients.You can connect to any printer, and from anywhere you can print documents using a compressed channel. It is easy and the bandwidth is very low.This is a very stable solution which you can feel confident using.Stable product with straightforward setup.XenApp is a fast, secure and reliable solution for remote connections that is completely different than and superior to older Windows solutions.The most valuable feature is the automatic software upgrades because they take place on only three or four servers, rather than on 50 or 60 machines.The shadow feature is extraordinary and helps a lot when supporting remote users.The scalability is fine. We have about 400 users, who are supported by six staff members. We use the product company-wide throughout 40 different locations, and we currently do not have plans to increase the scale of use.

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Microsoft still has some really bad remote desktop appliance for Mac.In the next release, I would like to see better performance over slower networks, and integration with Linux, but this is something that we're going to get out of Microsoft in terms of a unified solution.We find the services are not as transparent as we would like for our integration with Citrix.

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There are a lot of shortfalls with supporting printing over XenApp.Citrix has to support all of the hypervisors including KVM and OpenStack KVM.The product should expand its capabilities for integrating with other environments.For us, pricing is the most important feature to improve.Pricing can be lower and roaming profiles need to be fixed to work consistently.We would like to be able to provide VDI, a full desktop, to each of our users.Direct connection of USB devices on the terminals to be used by streamed applications is very important for printing and the usage of token authentication, but the current version does not support this one hundred percent.The monitoring and management is in need of improvement.

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The pricing is moderate.

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A perpetual enterprise license costs approximately $300 USD.I suggest using the concurrent user licensing scheme.I think it is a little high priced.It is a bit costly, but enterprise class features come with a cost.The licenses are affordable, but the support is a bit expensive, though worth the value.​The product, XenServer, is free to use, and XenApp has a one month free license.

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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. XenApp solves IT challenges with scalable and secure application delivery by providing remote access to Windows apps and data over any network, on any device Ð and now enables employees to access Linux virtual desktops side-by-side with Windows resources for a complete workspace experience. As the only server-based computing solution that is Common Criteria certified and native FIPS 140-2 compliant, XenApp reduces the risk of data loss and prevents unwanted intrusions by delivering virtual apps and data as an on-demand service to users based on location- and device-specific features and security configurations.
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Sample Customers
Bank Alfalah Ltd.Exelon, Aeronamic, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Alameda County Medical Center, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Aloysius Stichting, Amarchand Mangaldas, AmBev, Amnet Technology Solutions, Arval
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company31%
Comms Service Provider15%
Media Company14%
Manufacturing Company8%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm25%
Energy/Utilities Company25%
Software R&D Company13%
Non Tech Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
K 12 Educational Company Or School15%
Comms Service Provider12%
Government10%
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