Friday, April 12, 2013

SkyDrive Pro Sync and SharePoint 2010 Workspace

Here is an important distinction I have had to discuss with customers lately about SharePoint 2013 in Office 365 and SkyDrive Pro.

One of the new features of SharePoint Online is SkyDrive Pro. One solution feature of this is the new Sync capability. This Sync capability is actually available in all document libraries.

However this new SkyDrive Pro Windows Sync capability is different than the previous SharePoint Workspace 2010 solution. Additionally the new SkyDrive Pro Windows Sync capability only works when Office 2013 is installed.

SkyDrive Pro Windows Sync Client
Let’s discuss a little more.

Specifically there is this new Sync button up in the top right hand corner in SharePoint Online or SharePoint 2013 on-premise.


This will provide users to work with files locally out of their file explorer like below.


The SkyDrive Pro Windows Sync client which facilitates this is installed with Office 2013.

Why is this important? If a customer has Office 2010 installed on their client, they will not be able to use the new SkyDrive Pro Windows Sync client. However this does not preclude the end user from working with content offline. The end user will have to use SharePoint 2010 Workspace client will does work with the new SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2013 on-premise.

SharePoint 2010 Workspace
It is really important to note that SkyDrive Pro Windows Sync client does not replace, or is not an updated version of, SharePoint Workspace 2010. Both of these solutions are different but they provide a similar end result, allowing a user to work with documents when they are offline.

Additionally you still also have the ability to connect Outlook to SharePoint Online to work with documents offline too.


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