A new amazing feature on SharePoint 2013 is SkyDrive Pro. SkyDrive Pro is a personal file storage and synchronization service for business use. Users store, access, and synchronize their files in SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server 2013 with their client workstation.

SkyDrive Pro

When you work like me at a corporate who still uses a SharePoint 2010 platform and try to use SharePoint Pro you will notice that a recent update to SkyDrive Pro breaks compatibility with SharePoint 2010 and you get realy mad.

We already rolled-out the Office 2013 with SkyDrive 2013, but however the Platform is still SharePoint 2010. This is the error that you will receive when trying to sync a document library to SkyDrive Pro.

SkyDrive Pro

Sorry,we can't sync this library because it's hosted on a SharePoint 2010 server. For more information, please get in touch with your helpdesk

You can uninstall the Knowledge Base (KB2825633) but this will not help. Please refer to this link to see all kind of information: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825633

Actually, SkyDrive Pro is not supported with SharePoint 2010. Users complaining about the incapability errors should ask to the Administrator to install SharePoint Workspace if they’re looking for offline sync capabilities with SharePoint 2010.

For more information you can always check here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-workspace/sync-with-skydrive-pro-or-sharepoint-workspace-HA104048828.aspx

Benefits of using SkyDrive Pro
If your still not convinced about SkyDrive Pro, here are some benefits of using SkyDrive Pro :

  • Users can take their documents offline with them and have them synchronize when they are online again.
  • Users’ documents can be synchronized across all client devices and servers where the files are stored and synchronized.
  • Multiple users (online or offline) can work on documents at the same time, and the SkyDrive Pro Windows Sync client will synchronize the changes between the users. If there are conflicts, users are prompted to resolve the conflicts.
  • Users can share and collaborate on documents.
  • Users can work from many locations, either online or offline, and work from many devices.

SharePoint Foundation 2013
Skydrive Pro is not available in the foundation edition of SharePoint 2013. There is no replacement for SharePoint Workspace if you are on the foundation edition of SharePoint 2013.

   SharePoint Editions that include SkyDrive Pro

SkyDrive Pro On-Premises Line

Essentially, all Office 365, and stand-alone SharePoint Online plans provide SkyDrive Pro with two exceptions: Kiosk Plans which provide users with access to site document libraries only (but no personal SkyDrive Pro site), and external users (who cannot use SkyDrive Pro).  Below are tables from the SharePoint Online Service Description, which note the Office 365 and SharePoint Online plans that include SkyDrive Pro.

SkyDrive Pro stand alone client has been released. You can download it from here.

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.