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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Large enterprises with hundreds or thousands of users across many geographical locations are ideal candidate for Citrix XenApp. For medium enterprises, Citrix also offers XenApp in the cloud which is a hybrid cloud model where management servers are in the cloud and the company can host the worker servers locally or in preferred data center setup. Xenapp is also ideal for applications that requires frequent update to users and to ensure all users have access to the same version of the application from anywhere, any device, and any type of network connection.
Keith Kyaw, MBA, ITIL, CCA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft App-V

For large organizations that need software to update at the control of the IT department APP-V is a godsend to manage deployment based on AD group assignment, maintaining software versioning for specific services or upgrades, and areas where you need to make software available without having to install the entire package - the streaming portion of APP-v publishes a shortcut on the desktop, then streams the install on demand
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
6.3
Microsoft App-V
8.0
Application support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
Microsoft App-V
8.0
Device support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
9.6
Microsoft App-V
8.0
Ease of deployment
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
2.4
Microsoft App-V
8.0
Application packaging
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
Microsoft App-V
8.0
Security
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
Microsoft App-V
8.0

Pros

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

  • Xenapp uses a proprietary system (IMA/FMA) to more quickly deliver the screen shots, mouse clicks, etc...being done on the servers back to the users screen. This system is faster than any other app delivery programs protocols and for most users the apps are fairly seamless and run as if they were local as to speed.
  • Xenapp does require some training but overall is not overly technical in nature which helps in quickly ramping up into managing and configuring it.
  • XenApp's one main goal is to publish applications to user desktops. It does that better than any other solution on the market. There are alternate ways of doing this including simply using Microsoft's built in App delivery product but you will encounter more issues and a less than happy user experience if you try to pay less and skip adding XenApp into the mix.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft App-V

  • Install Software based on AD group assignment
  • Safely and quickly uninstall from devices
  • Updating is a bit more difficult but manageable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

  • Cost - Licensing costs are not cheap.
  • Local printing is not installed by default. It took some time getting printing set up for each individual user.
  • Application compatibility is an issue when Citrix XenApp is updated, we were forced into purchasing not only an update, but also new office software.
Eric Mueller, CSM, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft App-V

  • Complicated software installs of interacting software needs significant care
  • Updating software requires a pristine virtual machine to update a packager
  • No longer being updated so new software practices aren't correctly captured.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Functions well in a Department of Defense environment, particularly when paired with a physical NetScaler that is FIPS compliant
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft App-V

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft App-V

Microsoft App-V 5.0
Based on 1 answer
APP-V is no longer a supported technology and is on the way out, only on legacy support at this time. The changes in security emphasis in windows, as well as the changes in software development have meant that APP-V is no longer able to correctly package software. It has been superseded by the MSIX format and distribution via the Microsoft Store for Business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Issues with overlapping settings caused troubleshooting to be a problem during the early stages of deployment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft App-V

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Other products were more cost effective, offered a better support contract, had less dependencies on third party programs, were much simpler to configure, had better documentation, and didn't require as much hardware.We chose Citrix over the alternatives, because one of our customers required the use of Citrix for the connection of Third Party vendors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft App-V

APP-V is able to do the majority of software packages for internal organization use, but when you get to a program that is space and resource intensive, moving to EMCO MSI Package Builder will allow you to capture the entire install process as well as any complex configurations needed for file locations, save directories, or the registry
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

  • Allowing staff to complete time sensitive work. i.e. Accounting processing payroll, billing. Staff meeting deadlines for client production products.
  • Time installing and configuring software occurrences is externally cut down. Such as personal profile configuration of toolbar's, files, shortcuts, etc.
  • Software licenses reduced.
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft App-V

  • Faster turn around for using Operating System Deployment as a solution to complex problems
  • Maintain software versioning up to date
  • Requires dedicated software packaging support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft App-V

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
2.4
Microsoft App-V
9.0

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
Microsoft App-V

Support Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
Microsoft App-V
5.0

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
7.0
Microsoft App-V

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