Standalone Skydrive: Users Can Now Get Skydrive Pro On Its Own Without Office 365

This week, Microsoft announced that its Enterprise level cloud storage system, Skydrive Pro, is now available on its own, and separate from the Office 365 series of programs.

The Skydrive Pro application and ecosystem is a widely popular enterprise level solution, and now it is available to businesses without the need to subscribe to Office 365.

Skydrive Pro Free From Office 365

Since its introduction in 2012, Skydrive Pro has become a huge product for businesses and enterprises

Since it allows for synchronizing and tools for the Sharepoint 2013 and Sharepoint Online components that businesses use daily within their corporations. With this, businesses will now be able to synchronize their data on their own local servers that they currently manage, or via a secure cloud synchronizing. The synchronizing via the cloud is of an Enterprise level security and safety level so businesses can trust their data in the cloud versus in their own data centers.

In a statement, Microsoft says the “standalone client allows users of SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online in Office 365 to sync their personal SkyDrive Pro and any SharePoint 2013 or Office 365 team site document libraries to their local machine for access to important content on and offline”.

As companies like Microsoft offer their Enterprise customers more storage and cloud level security and storage layers, companies will continue to adapt and purchase newer products from Microsoft. Enterprise and corporate level customers were only able to previously purchase this level of Skydrive Pro service with Office 2013, and now they can get it on its own.

Corporate or Enterprise clients who have Office 365 Pro Plus, Office 365 Small Business Premium, and Office Professional Plus already have access to Skydrive Pro. But now, companies who are still running older Microsoft Office products like Office 2007 and 2010 will have access to Skydrive Pro.

It is important to note, that companies and Enterprise level customers did have access to a syncing program in the Sharepoint Workplace 2010 set of services, but the 500MB storage limit has now been increased to 7GB, which should satisfy most Enterprise level needs.

All clients of Microsoft will now be able to use Skydrive Pro from Microsoft, and this should open the door to Skydrive Pro to a larger range of business and corporate clients than ever before. As Skydrive Pro gains users, more rollouts should ensure greater functionality and usability for clients.

Published: Friday, May 31st, 2013 Last Modified: October 23, 2013

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