SkyDrive Pro - Syncing SharePoint data

Microsoft announced a new SkyDrive Pro desktop client for Windows. This is a stand-alone desktop application that allows users of SharePoint 2013 (offline or online as part of Office 365) to sync their files to their local machine for offline access.

 SkyDrive Pro - Syncing SharePoint data

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.

Will Saville Co-Founder

A serial entrepreneur since his early twenties, Will co-founded BrightStarr in 2006 with Rich. Will was previously a professional chef which allowed him to express his visual creativity and aesthetics. Rich, on the other hand, was a physicist with an incredible curiosity to discover how things worked and how to make them even better. After working together at a previous company, they soon discovered that when they brought their talents together, they were able to generate remarkably engaging and disruptive solutions.

During the next 5 years, Will helped grow the company to become a globally recognized brand in the SharePoint market. Will thrives on creating exceptional user experiences that are unrivalled across the SharePoint industry and is obsessed pushing the limits of technology and innovating. Will is still heavily involved with the business 10 years since launch and spends most of his time working on the Unily products, ensuring they’re the most innovative, usable and consumed SharePoint products out there.

In 2009 Will was recognized for his achievements and selected as one of the UK’s top 30 Young Entrepreneurs winning the coveted Young Guns award.

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