SkyDrive Pro is about file sharing and synchronization, enabling you to access content offline and have changes automatically synchronized in the background when your device (or devices – if you have files sync’d to multiple different locations) reconnect to the Internet. We all tend to store company files and documents online, or on Intranet, which we might sometimes need to take a copy of and go offline.
One of the main reasons why SkyDrive Pro is grabbing eye-balls is that it offers built-in sync capability, and creates a local copy of your SkyDrive Pro documents. Additionally, you can also sync your SkyDrive Pro to a local directory and any SharePoint Online document library locally as well. This new SkyDrive Pro client addresses this issue for all users of Office 365.
SkyDrive Pro Sync Client
Sync capability is a great solution that allows end-users to work on documents centrally in corporate resource that is managed and discoverable. This is a standalone desktop application that allows users (offline or online as part of Office 365) to sync their files to their local machine, for offline access. Users can sync their own personal SkyDrive Pro (which is basically their online file store in Office 365) as well as any site document libraries they have access to.
• Works great with Windows 7 and 8. It is integrated into File Explorer and really easy to use.
• Available through SkyDrive Pro, along with every SharePoint 2013 document library like in a Team Site, etc.
• SkyDrive Pro Sync Client was originally only available with Office 2013. This has now changed to support Office 2010, 2007, etc.
Users with Office 365 Professional Plus, Office 365 Small Business Premium, or Office Professional Plus 2013 already had this client as part of their subscriptions. The service is also available to those using older versions of the Office suite – Office 2013 Standard & Professional Plus. The client runs on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012.
How to Sync SkyDrive Pro with local devices
You can sync documents in your SkyDrive Pro with your local computer by clicking the “Sync” button at the top-right of your screen. The files in the SkyDrive folder will then be synchronized with your local computer.