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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

GoToMyPC

Great product, sleazy company.The product works well, and I consider it the best in class. I loved GoToMyPC in earlier iterations when they use to charge me $15.95/month per license, but then unannounced and for no apparent reason, they jacked the price up by 300 percent to $44.00/month per license. I did not notice for several months. When I went to cancel the product, I was unable to do this online - I was forced to call their call center to cancel. The billing critter refused to issue a refund for the cancellation, although they did offer to reduce my payments back down to $14 per month for 12 months, and said I could call up at the end of the twelve months to get the same deal indefinitely. With their attempt to screw small business owners out of their hard-earned money, I consider this to be one of the sleaziest companies I have ever deal with. I will never ever deal with them again.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services is particularly nice if you have a server license for a program and don't want to install it on everyone's machine but do want to give everyone access to the program. They can either use RDS to connect to the server, or you can set up a RemoteApp.It's also nice if you have people who work on two different workstations in two different locations. We have several people who sometimes work at one desk and sometimes in an office, so it's nice for them to be able to access one machine or the other easily without having to walk back and forth.One note, if users don't have an Active Directory account, or if you don't want to mess with putting people into various permissions groups, RDS may not be the best solution for them. This wasn't an issue for us since our organization was small enough that we could manage AD permissions and groups rather easily.
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

GoToMyPC
7.5
Remote Desktop Services
Screen sharing
GoToMyPC
8.5
Remote Desktop Services
File transfer
GoToMyPC
7.5
Remote Desktop Services
Instant message
GoToMyPC
9.0
Remote Desktop Services
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
GoToMyPC
9.0
Remote Desktop Services
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
GoToMyPC
5.2
Remote Desktop Services
Over-the-Internet remote session
GoToMyPC
8.7
Remote Desktop Services
Initiate remote control from mobile
GoToMyPC
7.1
Remote Desktop Services
Remote management of servers & workstations
GoToMyPC
8.7
Remote Desktop Services
Remote Active Directory® management
GoToMyPC
9.6
Remote Desktop Services
Centralized management dashboard
GoToMyPC
5.8
Remote Desktop Services
Session record
GoToMyPC
5.9
Remote Desktop Services
Annotations
GoToMyPC
9.0
Remote Desktop Services
Monitoring and Alerts
GoToMyPC
2.9
Remote Desktop Services
Multi-platform remote control
GoToMyPC
7.8
Remote Desktop Services

Pros

GoToMyPC

  • Printing files from the remote machine is never so easier which I feel is one of the biggest strength of GoToMyPC
  • Even a naive computer user can remotely connecting to another computer using this since no software is needed to be installed. Connection is established just by logging into an account and selecting from a list of desktops available.
  • There is a lag which I observe with other software when I connect to multiple computers but this is not the case with GoToMyPC since you can connect to multiple computers without any performance degradation.
  • Another superb features is guest access for temporary reasons, where we can invite others to directly access files on our desktop without wasting any time in signups .
  • I like the way GoToMyPC brings in transparency by allowing a user to see if another user is logged into a session or not.
  • Features like drag-and-drop transfer of files, multi-monitor support are trivial but saves lot of time & our team use that very frequently.
Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

  • Remote Desktop Services does an excellent job in providing a way for our staff to be working outside the office as if they're actually sitting inside the office. As long as the staff has an internet connection and a computer, he can use Remote Desktop Services to access files on our network.
  • Remote Desktop Services also eliminates a need to have a very fast internet connection to access files on the company network. Once a Remote Desktop Service session is established, the only bandwidth it takes up is the transfer of images you see on the display. It's like surfing on the web because you are using the company server as the resource to run the applications.
  • Remote Desktop Services provides a way for users to transfer files back & forth to/from staff's offsite laptop to/from the company network . There would be times when staff forget to copy a particular file onto the laptop for a presentation. So the way to retrieve the data from the network is to establish a Remote Desktop Session and then using Windows standar copy & paste feature to transfer the file from the network onto their laptop for use.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

GoToMyPC

  • Sometimes the consistency in the connection might lag and create some errors.
  • Some issues might be beyond our knowledge, therefore a technician or expert might be needed (rare case)
  • If connecting from home, it will take a lot of your data and might slow other devices connections
Horacio Carcamo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

  • No centralized management: unlike other products on the market, Remote Desktop Services in 2008r2 provides no single management console. Users are managed through a console on the connection broker, web apps are managed on a per server basis (even when those servers belong to a farm).
  • Image Management: because no use of an agent like PNTools is made, bringing up servers and adding them to the farm is inconvenient. Static IPs are a must and round-robin load balancing is really your only option with the connection broker. Updating a farm of 5+ servers becomes a chore, but still easier than updating 2000+ machines.
  • Still a very green product: while Microsoft offers a lot of the same features as the big guys, it's obvious that Remote Desktop Services is still in it's infancy and has a lot of room for growth. I have discovered and requested fixes for a number of bugs in the mobile app alone - something about the QA process for these apps seems to be lacking.
Nathan Ziehnert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

GoToMyPC

GoToMyPC 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Plain and simple, GoToMyPC offers one of the best remote PC access software in the market. The main reason we choose this software is because it's easy to install and use, and it has a full suite of tools for telecommuting and collaboration.The total access that is controlled from a web browser interface. It incorporates strong security that you can modify.
Horacio Carcamo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 6.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

GoToMyPC

GoToMyPC 10.0
Based on 1 answer
As mentioned before, GoToMyPC cares about making a understandable interface to their users. Given the natural purpose of the company, this might be complicated for people who don't manage well a remote system, but I have seen those type of people managing and performing task in this software without any trouble
Horacio Carcamo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 7.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

GoToMyPC

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 5.0
Based on 1 answer
There are some third party tools available that allow you to manage multiple connections.
Nathan Alandt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

GoToMyPC

GoToMyPC 5.7
Based on 4 answers
Because this software allows me to access my documents anywhere accessing documents remotely and being able to use bulky programs remotely is ideal as you can't simply access a program like that from your smart phone and have the full capabilities. Also, there is no OS requirement since it works with both Mac OS and Windows.
Horacio Carcamo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services 3.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

GoToMyPC

The other products aren't as easy to use and intuitive. They're more geared towards a technical background which our employees didn't have. The features GoToMyPC has and the ability to execute them well are really the main reason why it excels as our top choice for a work-at-home remote solution.
Seth Arnoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

We have reviewed Citrix Xen Desktop and VMware's VDI solutions. For the cost, when compared to what Remote Desktop Services can provide us there was no contest. Remote Desktop Services can provide us all the features we require with little to no cost since we are an EA customer with grandfathered eCALs! If we were going greenfield and having to buy licensing from scratch, we would look at the Citrix Xen product. Just remember that Microsoft's Remote Desktop Service is licensed from Citrix and if you can wait a few years for a current Xen feature, you can have it for free in Remote Desktop Services.
Will Smothers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

GoToMyPC

  • Students get a seamless experience that allows trainers or support to manage a remote machine.
  • Students don't have to have the software on their machine to participate in a class.
  • Trainer setup requires physical contact with a machine, so it takes a bit of time for us to setup the machines to use.
Denis Rudd II, Ph.D. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Remote Desktop Services

  • Remote Desktop Services has good impact in meeting 100 percent of the objectives laid by our Enterprise of 1000 employees.
  • Return of imvestment is measured in return of uninterrupted services and it can be termed as 100 percent
  • Remote Desktop Services had no negative impacts on the business
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

GoToMyPC

General

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

Remote Desktop Services

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

GoToMyPC
7.2
Remote Desktop Services
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

GoToMyPC
10.0
Remote Desktop Services
6.0

Usability

GoToMyPC
10.0
Remote Desktop Services
7.0

Performance

GoToMyPC
Remote Desktop Services
5.0

Support Rating

GoToMyPC
5.7
Remote Desktop Services
3.0

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