Users can sync their own personal SkyDrive Pro (which is basically their online file store in Office 365, not to be confused with the consumer Skydrive product also from Microsoft) as well as any site document libraries they have access to.
Users with Office 365 Pro Plus, Office 365 Small Business Premium, or Office Professional Plus 2013, already have this client as part of their subscriptions. This update gives it to everyone else, including those using older versions of the Office suite (2007 and 2010 are supported). The client runs on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012.
Though the news was posted up on Microsoft blogs, it did seem a curiously low key announcement. Here at BrightStarr we think this is great news and it will be very welcome to those who couldn’t adequately sync files before. Storing company files and documents online, or on an Intranet, offers a number of fantastic benefits. There will however always come a time when you need to take a copy of things and go offline. Users that travel a lot, work from home, or just operate with unreliable Internet connections will sometimes need local copies of files. This new SkyDrive Pro client addresses this issue for all users in the Office 365 family.
For those that are wondering, the SkyDrive Pro client replaces Office Workspace (the last version being 2010) which has now been retired. Workspace in turn replaced Office Groove, which was originally developed by the legendary software developer Ray Ozzie(of Lotus Notes and then Microsoft itself). If you remember that far back (and we do!) then you can count yourself a true Office/SharePoint expert.