SkyDrive Pro is a critical addition to SharePoint 2013. It lets you synchronize specific document libraries in SharePoint to your desktop and interact with them locally or online. As the use of tablets, smartphones and multiple computers fueled by the “bring your own device” movement, SkyDrive Pro promises to become an increasingly more important component of SharePoint and Office.
After SkyDrive Pro is set up, you can save documents directly to SkyDrive Pro from Office desktop applications, or synchronize them directly from SharePoint.
With SharePoint Online, each user will have 7GB of personal storage capacity allocated to them. For on-premises SharePoint 2013 implementations, the per-user storage capacity is a configurable parameter that administrators can manage.
SkyDrive Pro is included in most Office 2013 and Office 365 offerings. In SharePoint, if you choose SkyDrive in the top navigation bar, you are taken to your SkyDrive Pro folder, where all of your work-related documents reside. If you choose SYNC at the top-right below the navigation bar, the files in this folder are synchronized with your local computer. It’s that simple.
SkyDrive Pro is also not limited to documents in your personal SharePoint library. You can synchronize any document library for which you have appropriate permissions.
Give SkyDrive Pro a try, along with the many other features the new SharePoint has to offer. Try the new SharePoint Online in the Office 365 Preview or SharePoint Server Preview,
SkyDrive Pro doesn’t need to be installed on a PC unless you want to sync files locally; if you just want to use it as a cloud storage service, you use it in your browser or directly from Office.