Microsoft announced this week that the SkyDrive Pro client for Windows is now available for download, providing customers with a way to automatically sync their SharePoint 2013- and SharePoint Online-based SkyDrive Pro and Team Site document libraries with their PCs. Previously, this capability was only available bundled with Office 2013.

The SkyDrive Pro client works much like the SkyDrive application for Windows. I previously discussed the simplest way for Office 365 business users to set up SharePoint document library sync with this client in Office 365 Tip: Set Up SkyDrive Pro on Your PC.

According to Microsoft, the SkyDrive Pro client can be installed standalone and does not require any version of Office to be installed.  It can also be installed side-by-side with previous versions of Office (Office 2010, Office 2007). As noted previously, the SkyDrive Pro client comes with Office 2013, but it’s also bundled with Office 365 Pro Plus and Office 365 Small Business Premium.

It requires SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online in a business version of Office 365 in the cloud. The SkyDrive Pro client works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012.

You can download SkyDrive Pro from the Microsoft web site.

Note: A number of readers have pointed out this works with SharePoint 2010 as well. I've not tested that, and the Microsoft documentation specifies SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online in Office 365.