How Does the Citrix Remote Desktop Client Work?


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GoToMyPC, the remote desktop client from Citrix, allows users to access a Windows or Mac desktop from another computer or mobile device. Devices connect over the Internet using 128-bit end-to-end encryption. Users must install a program or app on the desktop machine and each controlling device and log on to each through the website or app using a secure password. Citrix offers GoToMyPC as a subscription service with trial subscriptions available, as of 2015.

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The remote desktop displays on the controlling device, and user inputs are mirrored directly on the desktop. Touch controls act as a mouse, and a virtual keyboard mimics keystrokes. The client supports multiple monitors, and users can lock the desktop monitor display while controlling it remotely for privacy. Users can copy, paste, and transfer text and files between the desktop machine and the controlling device or print files on the controlling device to the desktop’s networked printer.

Users can issue invitations to guest users of the GoToMyPC client to temporarily view the users' desktops, and the client transmits both video and sound to all authorized guests. In addition to GoToMyPC, Citrix also offers GoToMyPC Pro for up to 50 users and GoToMyPC Corporate for up to 1,000 users or more. Supported mobile devices include the iPad, iPhone, Android phone and tablet, and Kindle Fire.

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