SkyDrive vs. SkyDrive Pro: A Comparison


Today’s guest blogger is Amy Leavitt, Microsoft Marketing Manager at SADA Systems. Amy Leavitt

Microsoft’s SkyDrive service, which allows users to access their files from either home, work or school, has gained a lot of traction over the past few years from a consumer standpoint. With Office 2013 and Office 365, Microsoft introduced a SkyDrive Pro service, oriented toward enterprise organizations – not to be confused with SkyDrive! Below we’ll discuss the key differences between SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro.

First, it’s important to understand that SkyDrive is free, online personal storage that you get with either a Microsoft account or You can use SkyDrive to save documents, photos and other files in the cloud to share with friends, or even collaborate on content. You’re free to decide how you want to use it. A few of the things SkyDrive provides are listed below:

  • Free online storage that provides you with a personal library where you can upload and access files, including personal documents, photos, and other files – share them out with friends, family, whoever you want!

  • The ability to upload and access files from any of your devices.

  • Integration with social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

SkyDrive Pro is online storage intended for business purposes – there’s special functionalities in SkyDrive Pro that don’t exist in the free, consumer edition of SkyDrive. 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. Your SkyDrive Pro library is managed by your organization and lets you share and collaborate on work documents with coworkers. SkyDrive Pro allows people to sync their work files across devices (great for our new generation of BYOD organizations!) and to SharePoint. SkyDrive also allows you to access work files from both Windows Explorer and Office apps – all this activity is controlled, of course, by the site administrators in your organization who manage your library policies.

A few of the things you can do with SkyDrive Pro:

  • Share documents internally and externally

  • Collaborate on documents with real-time editing

  • Access content offline; changes sync automatically when the user is back online

  • Ability to sync SkyDrive Pro libraries to your computer

Check out a few of the other blogs we have around SharePoint, including increased SharePoint Online upload limits and how SharePoint has integrated social for real-time collaboration.

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