Standalone SkyDrive Pro Client Released
Microsoft on Monday released a standalone SkyDrive Pro sync client.
SkyDrive Pro is Microsoft's cloud-based storage and collaboration space
for organizations. It has synchronization capabilities that allows
SharePoint 2013 users or SharePoint Online users to connect their local
machines to team site libraries in SharePoint 2013 or Office 365.
This standalone version of the SkyDrive Pro client enables that
synchronization for users who don't have Office 2013. Previously, it was a
requirement to have Office 2013 installed on a local machine to get the
Users can get offline access to files by syncing a SharePoint library to
their local machine. Any changes made at the local machine will sync back
up when the user is online. The synchronization of SharePoint libraries
starts when the user clicks a sync button in a particular library.
There are some limits to this syncing, according to Microsoft's description. No more than 5,000 items in
a SharePoint library can be synced, and there's a limit of 20,000 items in
a user's SkyDrive Pro library. File downloads are limited to 2 GB.
The new sync client can be downloaded here. However, users of Office Professional Plus,
Office 365 Small Business Premium and Office 365 Pro Plus already have the
SkyDrive Pro sync client and don't need to install it, according to Microsoft's announcement.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.