SkyDrive Pro is a personal library intended for storing and organizing your work documents. As an integral part of Office 365 or SharePoint Server 2013, SkyDrive Pro lets you work within the context of your organization, with features such as direct access to your organization’s address book.
Note SkyDrive Pro is different from SkyDrive, which is intended for personal storage separate from your workplace. SkyDrive Pro is also different from your team site, which is intended for storing team or project-related documents.
Store your work documents and related files
If you’re using Office 365, you get 25 GB of space in the cloud for SkyDrive Pro and related site content. If your SkyDrive Pro library is hosted on a SharePoint server in your organization, your organization’s administrators determine how much storage space is available.
All files that you store in SkyDrive Pro are private initially – only you can see them – unless you decide to share them. You can easily share a file with everyone in your organization by placing it in the Shared with Everyone folder, for example. You can also share files with specified co-workers so you can collaborate on projects. If you’re signed-in to Office 365, you may even be able to share with partners outside of your organization, depending on what your company allows.
To use your SkyDrive Pro library, select SkyDrive (short for SkyDrive Pro) in the header at the top of a SharePoint or Office 365 page.
SkyDrive Pro is provided to you through your organization’s subscription to SharePoint Online in Office 365 or through an on-premises installation of SharePoint Server 2013.
To learn more about the SkyDrive Pro library, see:
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Sync SkyDrive Pro to your computer
The SkyDrive Pro sync app lets you synchronize your SkyDrive Pro library or other SharePoint site libraries to your local computer. This sync app is available with Office 2013 or with Office 365 subscriptions that include Office 2013 applications. If you don’t have Office 2013, a free download of the SkyDrive Pro sync app is also available.
To sync SkyDrive Pro, sign in to Office 365 or SharePoint, select SkyDrive at the top of the page, and then click Sync.
You’ll find your synchronized files in your File Explorer, under Favorites. If you’re syncing an Office 365 SkyDrive Pro library, your synchronized files appear in the SkyDrive@<organization> folder. Work on them locally if you like and your changes will be synchronized automatically with your SkyDrive Pro library when you’re online.
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How is SkyDrive Pro different from SkyDrive?
Microsoft offers another storage service called SkyDrive. You may already be using SkyDrive to store documents and other content in the cloud. This service is different from SkyDrive Pro:
- SkyDrive is free online personal storage that you get with either a Microsoft account or Outlook.com. Use SkyDrive to save documents, photos, and other files in the cloud, share them with friends, and even collaborate on content. You’re free to decide how you want to use it.
- SkyDrive Pro is online storage intended for business purposes. Your SkyDrive Pro library is managed by your organization and lets you share and collaborate on work documents with co-workers. Site collection administrators in your organization control what you can do in the library.
Note In the header or elsewhere on your SharePoint or Office 365 site, ‘SkyDrive’ (without Pro) appears as an abbreviation of SkyDrive Pro to keep things simpler.
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For more information about using SkyDrive Pro and the SkyDrive Pro sync client:
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