Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs VMware Horizon comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Sep 4, 2022

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Microsoft Remote Desktop Se...
Ranking in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
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Remote Access (2nd)
VMware Horizon
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) category, the mindshare of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is 2.9%, down from 15.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of VMware Horizon is 3.0%, down from 9.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

May 25, 2022
Reliable, simple implementation, and scalable
Microsoft Remote Desktop Services could improve by having graphical acceleration I have been using Microsoft Remote Desktop Services for approximately two years. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is stable and reliable. The scalability of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is good. I have not…
Dec 8, 2023
Software updates are easier to roll out and has good performance
I work in a public school where some teachers and staff work from home. We use the product in the home office.  I like the tool's security. It is also easier to roll out the software updates.  I like VMware Horizon's ability and performance.  VMware Horizon needs to integrate with Azure, Teams,…

Quotes from Members

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


"The most valuable features are availability and security."
"The solution is user-friendly and has a good user experience."
"The solution has very smooth connectivity and is very user friendly."
"It's part of the Microsoft Operating system and is free."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is the ability to remote into a system that is not on-premises."
"The solution is scalable."
"The performance meets our requirements and the stability is good."
"The most valuable feature is the remote application access."
"The most important feature of this solution is the connectivity with every device, such as iPad, iPhone, and other terminals. The security of the solution is very good."
"Scalable and stable virtualization solution, with good technical support offering timely responses."
"The console is straightforward and easy to understand for the end user. It can be deployed on any device, including iPads and Mac OS. Users can access their daily applications and resources provided by the VMware Horizon environment from any device."
"The ease of deployment is one of the most valuable features. If I want to install something, I can have a test phase to see what sort of impact it will have and whether it will affect production. So I can install it on my lab, make sure it is okay, and if it is, I can deploy it directly to the users or to the staff."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is secure remote access to resources."
"It is stable and easily scalable."
"The most valuable features are the ability to manage a great number of desktops at once and the remote access for users who are working from outside of the office or from a different office in the country."
"The thin image offers efficiency and stability for the system, which is not always available in other alternatives."


"The solution should have better security."
"Sometimes difficult to set up without the requirement for login credentials each time."
"Microsoft should be more compatible with other operating system."
"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."
"The stability could be improved."
"It could be made simpler from a management perspective."
"We'd like to see more integration with other vendors."
"We've had issues with security breaches."
"What I would like to see improved is not so much about the product. It's more about how to get information about products. It's always too much sales pitching and fancy works and stuff."
"We should be able to use the tool on different platforms."
"VMware Horizon could be improved with more integration. It is also very costly for Enterprise Plus, which is a drawback. The renewal costs for the license are very, very high."
"There is room for improvement in the integration with other parts of the suite. For example, you currently need separate windows to manage app volumes and the dynamic environment manager (DEM)."
"The multimedia playback is not very good and they could improve it by increasing the quality."
"I would love to see so they can actually allow the use of Linux, from a hosting environment as well as from a VDI client environment."
"Areas for improvement in VMware Horizon 7 would be the logging and the troubleshooting, e.g. they could be made clearer."
"The initial setup may be a little difficult for those with no experience."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I rate the price of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services a three out of five."
"Although not an expensive product, pricing is always something that can be improved."
"Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is less expensive than some other solutions on the market."
"It will probably cost about $500 USD to get the resources set up in the cloud."
"The pricing is moderate."
"The tool's pricing is high in the Slovenian market. I rate it a nine out of ten."
"The pricing could always be improved."
"The solution has a perpetual license and it is purchased upfront."
"I don't know about the price. I know there are different tiers with the license, but I'm not sure exactly what it costs anymore."
"Its cost is fair. You can go for a free trial, but for initializing a project, you need to purchase a license. There are different types of licenses."
"I rate the solution's pricing a five out of ten."
"The license is very costly, as well as the renewal cost."
"VMware Horizon can be considered to be slightly expensive"
"It falls on the more expensive end in terms of cost."
"The VMware Horizon 7 license is for three months. We are in the testing stage, we are still evaluating the product. We are sure now that we need to buy a license for the production environment."
"The price of VMware Horizon 7 is more than some other solutions."
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Top Industries

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

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Questions from the Community

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.
How does VMware Workspace One compare with VMware Horizon 7?
VMware Workspace One has a powerful set of helpful features. The solution offers very good documentation, the initial setup is easy, and the product is very stable and reliable. I think the fact th...
What do you like most about VMware Horizon 7?
VMware offers a friendly environment, and it's easy to provide the user with the package. It is a bundled solution that is readily deployable. The advantage lies in its simplicity, it requires mini...

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