Citrix Workspace vs Microsoft Remote Desktop Services comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Sep 6, 2022

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Citrix Workspace
Ranking in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
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Microsoft Remote Desktop Se...
Ranking in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
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Remote Access (2nd)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) category, the mindshare of Citrix Workspace is 1.9%, down from 7.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is 2.9%, down from 15.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Mar 7, 2024
Helps users to deal in the area concerning virtualized apps and desktops
In my company's daily operations, we use the product to provide virtualized desktops to users. The tool eases up the replacement of PCs. It also requires very less physical parts, making it a greener product. The product helps in the functioning of remote or hybrid work in our company since once it is implemented in the environment, it is much safer to use when compared to VPNs. Users can access the data center with the help of the product since they just get to use the screen, and it is a lot more secure than the offerings from the other solution. To get the ability of the security aspect of Citrix Workspace to meet the organizational needs, our company needs to put in a bit of effort. It is not an easy solution when it comes to the security aspect. The automation capabilities of the product that streamlines processes is not an area that is required much since our organization does not deal with a lot of automation involving Citrix Workspace. I recommend the product to others who plan to use it. Before opting for the product's implementation, one should be aware of their hardware and have really good sizing capabilities. I rate the product's integration capabilities a seven out of ten, considering it integrates well with other products. I rate the solution an eight out of ten.
ArtemPavlenko - PeerSpot reviewer
May 8, 2022
Allows for secure remote work with clipboard blocking capabilities and good reliability
The main feature for us is the ability to block a copy to the clipboard, which we can provide for our users. Sometimes we have to provide only remote desktop features without the ability to copy the content of the remote desktop. The clipboard provides the ability to connect desktops to our users…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"Citrix Workspace's standout feature is its flexibility."
"It is a very scalable solution."
"With this product, everyone can have a similar kind of desktop environment."
"The most valuable feature of Citrix Workspace is its security."
"It is a stable solution."
"It is stable, easy to scale, and provides secure remote access."
"The service dash and Workspace Environment Manager service are good features."
"Citrix Workspace allows you to work in a remote environment and gives you data security."
"The technical support is good."
"Installing Microsoft Desktop Services is straightforward."
"It's pretty stable."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is its security and simple configuration."
"The product is stable."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is the ability to remote into a system that is not on-premises."
"The performance meets our requirements and the stability is good."
"I give the stability a nine out of ten."


"This solution is resource-intensive, it takes a lot of Bandwidth and a lot of the resources of the server."
"Integration with other vendors could be improved."
"It is slow. When everybody is logged in, it does have a tendency to slow down. You can tell the connectivity slows down a little bit, but it's still a good product."
"The ITSM adapters need to be enhanced."
"When there are technical issues, sometimes we can't get on the cloud."
"The product has some bugs, making it an area of concern where improvements are required."
"I heard that Citrix found some loopholes in the product, and they have yet to be covered up."
"The initial setup is very complex."
"We encounter challenges with portability, especially for users of iOS devices."
"We find the services are not as transparent as we would like for our integration with Citrix."
"Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is only available for the professional version of the Windows operating system. This restricts a lot of users. The feature should be available for all versions."
"Security in the connection between us and our clients' servers is something that can be improved."
"We'd like more granular security control of the desktop services."
"I would like to see the hard drives work without locking up and integrate the local drives in the next release."
"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."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is its security and simple configuration."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"We are seeing a return on investment with Citrix Workspace."
"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."
"The tool is expensive."
"Citrix is expensive."
"The price of the solution could be less expensive. There are different versions to their solution and the price keeps increasing."
"My company opts for the yearly subscription model to pay towards the licensing costs attached to the solution."
"The licensing of Citrix Workspace is worth it. However, it is expensive. Citrix is probably more competitive now than VMware, but it is still a costly solution."
"The price of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is reasonable."
"The solution is expensive. My company pays toward the monthly licensing costs of the solution...The additional cost, apart from the solution's licensing cost, is related to the technical support a user wants."
"The cost is fair."
"It's not an expensive product."
"The solution is overly expensive."
"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."
"It will probably cost about $500 USD to get the resources set up in the cloud."
"I think that Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is expensive compared to Login solution."
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Top Industries

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Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company

Company Size

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Questions from the Community

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Citrix Workspace?
The pricing for Citrix Workspace is relatively high which is influenced by market competition and the availability of similar products. However, Citrix has been working on reducing license charges,...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services?
The tool must be cheaper. It should provide an option to pay the license fee once in a year or once in two years.
What needs improvement with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services?
When we update the environment, we face problems sometimes, and the users cannot use the system.

Also Known As

Citrix Workspace Cloud
Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services

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