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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 sync benefits.

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.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

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