AnyDesk vs. Remote Desktop Services

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AnyDesk
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
AnyDesk Software in Stuttgart offers their eponymous remote desktop software, designed to provide resilient remote access even with poor network access.
$14.90
per year
Remote Desktop Services
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Remote Desktop Services from Microsoft is virtual desktop and remote user session technology.N/A
Pricing
AnyDeskRemote Desktop Services
Editions & Modules
Solo
$14.90
per month billed annually
Standard
$29.90
per month billed annually
Advanced
$79.90
per month billed annually
Enterprise
Custom
per year billed annually
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AnyDeskRemote Desktop Services
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAnyDesk is free for personal use and offers a limited set of features and support. Professional users need a license. Only the initiator of a session needs a license, participants are free.
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Features
AnyDeskRemote Desktop Services
Remote Administration
Comparison of Remote Administration features of Product A and Product B
AnyDesk
7.7
28 Ratings
7% below category average
Remote Desktop Services
8.9
3 Ratings
8% above category average
Screen sharing8.326 Ratings9.33 Ratings
File transfer7.028 Ratings9.33 Ratings
Instant message7.024 Ratings00 Ratings
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication9.218 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers7.622 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Over-the-Internet remote session7.626 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Initiate remote control from mobile7.525 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Remote management of servers & workstations7.623 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Remote Active Directory® management6.520 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Centralized management dashboard7.423 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Session record9.724 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Annotations7.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring and Alerts6.922 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Multi-platform remote control7.726 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
AnyDeskRemote Desktop Services
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(28 ratings)
9.3
(17 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.5
(2 ratings)
6.6
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.3
(12 ratings)
3.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
AnyDeskRemote Desktop Services
Likelihood to Recommend
AnyDesk Software
If at this point in the pandemic, remote access to a desktop is necessary for you, then AnyDesk is likely a solid solution. However, as the pandemic winds down, remote access is expected to become less and less critical, and thus, the problem that AnyDesk solves is likely (or perhaps, hopefully) going away. Given the bad reputation for using this program by scammers, many customers do not want to connect through it, so over time, I switched to an alternative to Anydesk - the service Getscreen. me, which connects directly from the browser.
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Microsoft
Remote Desktop services are well suited for people looking to connect to Local computers/Servers after connecting to VPN or Local Area Network. It is easy to use and performs superbly without any issues. However, it does not have support for connecting to Non-Windows-based Devices and Applications like Teamviewer beat RDP when it comes to connecting to machines outside one's network.
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Pros
AnyDesk Software
  • It has an inbuilt Wake-on-LAN feature, which allows starting the remote computer with just a click.
  • We can create an easy-to-remember custom alias for different systems, it makes it easy to access the systems without any ID or long numbers to remember.
  • It allows auto adapt resolution, it displays the remote system according to the host systems resolution.
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Microsoft
  • When you connect with RDS, everything looks and feels (and is) exactly like you're sitting at that desktop. This is great for us and for users.
  • You can sign in with RDS and the desktop will be the same as when you left it (if you choose to set it up that way).
  • Although they take some setup, RemoteApps are a very handy way to let users access a program without requiring them to actually connect to a remote desktop on the server.
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Cons
AnyDesk Software
  • The auto-update feature on AnyDesk sometimes offers a technical glitch. It does not work properly on few occasions. I really think it may has a room for improvement.
  • When it comes to Mac AnyDesk may seem a little complex at early times.
  • Video recording captures a low quality frame. I think this should be changed because sometimes video recording is the most essential thing.
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Microsoft
  • Remote Desktop Services currently does not support multiple monitors on the terminal server. Unlike other applications such as Teamviewer, there's no feature to toggle between multiple screens even if they were connected to the terminal server.
  • Remote Desktop Services should provide an option to scale up or down the screen size after a connection is established. Currently you can only adjust the screen size prior to a connection is established. So you'll have to take a best guess at what display screen resolution will fit best on your screen.
  • Remote Desktop Services should offer some kind of menu to send special key strokes like Ctrl+Alt+Del to the terminal server. Currently the substitute for that particular combination is Ctrl+Alt+End. But I have yet to discover a replacement for other combination keystrokes such as Alt+PrintScrn.
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Usability
AnyDesk Software
AnyDesk is a complete solution for remote access and control. AnyDesk provides better navigation and UI when compared with other similar software. AnyDesk helped me a lot at times when I've been working from home. The only disadvantage I found is when the network connection is weak. It needs to be managed properly.
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Microsoft
The initial setup for Remote Desktop Services is complex, and licensing is costly. Each user connects to their virtual desktop hosted by a single server or group of servers, so a change or issue with servers quickly impacts every single user at the same time. Aside from that, users appreciate seeing their same personal desktop from any device or geographical location.
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Performance
AnyDesk Software
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Microsoft
There are some third party tools available that allow you to manage multiple connections.
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Support Rating
AnyDesk Software
I didn't have any technical problems and I didn't suffer from bugs or errors. Customer service has improved a lot and I no longer need to leave the office to go to the user's computer. With AnyDesk I install and remove programs, printers, scanners, settings in general. Screen sharing is excellent and without delays. Overall, I recommend and approve AnyDesk.
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Microsoft
As with any Microsoft Server product, support for Remote Desktop Services requires a paid support package. These are license-based and very costly, on top of the already costly product licensing. Microsoft's licensing is complicated to begin with, so setting up licensing alone essentially requires a licensing expert's counsel. There is community documentation and support available on Microsoft websites, as well as community websites.
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Alternatives Considered
AnyDesk Software
The free version of TeamViewer is unstable; the remote connection is frequently lost. Anydesk's remote connection is much more reliable and consistent. Even so, I prefer AnyDesk over other software because it's a lot easier to install and runs very well. Aside from that, its simplicity gives it an edge over other software.
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Microsoft
We selected Remote Desktop Services based upon price alone. Other solutions on the market are significantly more expensive, but if your company can foot the bill you should seriously consider products that have been on the market for longer. The lack of an ability to easily upgrade farm servers has been a challenge for us - although it is still faster than updating an application on 2000+ machines. The lack of a centralized management console in 2008 R2 is also challenging, but you get by with the tools available to you. If you don't have the money to spend on Citrix or VMWare Horizon, Remote Desktop Services is a decent replacement.
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Return on Investment
AnyDesk Software
  • Reduce time and efforts spare for sorting out issues.
  • Increase the overall revenue as able to share and present our products to customers easily and in detail.
  • Control our expenses as we can handle any issue that arises remotely.
  • Improve overall customer services as we act quickly and promptly with any issues.
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Microsoft
  • Allowed remote users access from home
  • Shared file access for multipolar users from a centralized location
  • Cost to add additional users when maxed out
  • Purchase multiple licenses for programs to run in virtual machines. Or unable to run on a virtual machine
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