SkyDrive Pro is part of SharePoint 2013, essentially replacing SharePoint Workspace. SharePoint Workspace was an attempt to provide off-line synchronization with SharePoint. It also replaces the document storage in SharePoint 2007 My Site, which did not receive wide acceptance. SkyDrive Pro is accessed from the toolbar area. It provides the ability for people to store documents that are either private, or accessible and/or editable by others. A key concept is the ability to follow documents in SharePoint via SkyDrive, and be notified of changes. Users can get feedback from others via ratings. The synchronization capability is a local machine folder that is a mapped drive of a SharePoint library.

Our Take: SkyDrive Pro has great potential in the workplace. Organizations, however, will need to determine how SkyDrive Pro will be used and create best practices, examples and models that support end-users to prevent it from being an interesting capability that sits in SharePoint and no one really understands how to use it.

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Microsoft SharePoint 2013: An Overview