UW SkyDrive Pro


UW SkyDrive Pro is the University of Washington subscription to SkyDrive Pro, a Microsoft online service that provides resources for file storage, collaboration, and  communication with other UW users. The SkyDrive Pro service, aimed at enterprise users, is not the same as the SkyDrive service offered by Microsoft to individuals. For information on the differences, see How does SkyDrive Pro differ from SkyDrive? on the Microsoft Office Web site.

UW SkyDrive Pro offers you the following capabilities.

Store and share files

  • Store up to 25 GB of data in the cloud
  • 2 GB maximum file size
  • Store HIPAA and FERPA protected data
  • Share files with UW users (files cannot be shared outside of the UW domain)

Access and synchronize files easily

  • Access files using Web browsers or mobile devices
  • Access files directly from Microsoft Office desktop applications
  • Synchronize your local files with files in UW SkyDrive Pro document libraries (with appropriate client software installed)

Create and edit Microsoft Office files in the cloud with Office Web Apps

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

Create SharePoint sites

  • Create SharePoint sites and document libraries accessible by other UW users. 
  • SkyDrive Pro is built using Microsoft SharePoint technology, and you might see references to SharePoint while using it.

Who Can Use UW SkyDrive Pro

  • UW SkyDrive Pro is enabled automatically for all current UW students, faculty, and staff.
  • Eligible users receive a confirmation email.
  • For shared UW NetIDs and sponsored UW NetIDs, accounts will be available on request. Send requests to help@uw.edu.

When you leave the UW:

  • Current student, faculty, or staff accounts are disabled and the files are automatically deleted.
  • Faculty and staff accounts are disabled after 14 days.
  • Student accounts are disabled after one academic quarter.
  • Retired faculty, retired staff, and emeritus faculty accounts remain enabled.

Your UW SkyDrive Pro Account Name and Password

The format of your UW SkyDrive Pro account name is:

your-UWNetID@uw.edu (where your-UWNetID is replaced with your own personal UW NetID)

Your password is the one associated with your UW NetID.

Accessing UW SkyDrive Pro

You can access UW SkyDrive Pro by using a Web browser. You can also install SkyDrive Pro applications that allow you to synchronize Microsoft Office files on your local drive or mobile device with your UW SkyDrive Pro document library.

Web Browser

You can access your UW SkyDrive Pro account using the UW Office 365 URL.

To log in:

  1. StepsActions
  2. Open the UW Office 365 page.

    You might be redirected to the standard UW weblogin page (enter your UW NetID and password). If you have already supplied your UW NetID credentials in the current browser session, you might not need to log in again. For more information on the login sequence, see the FAQ.

    The first time you access UW SkyDrive Pro, you might experience a one-time delay. See Account Activation on First Access.

    After login, the Newsfeed page appears.

  3. From the top menu bar, click SkyDrive.

    Your UW SkyDrive Pro document library is displayed.

Note: You can bookmark the UW Office 365 link page in your browser for easy access later.

Account Activation on First Access

The first time you access UW SkyDrive Pro you might get a message that UW SkyDrive Pro is almost ready.


This message indicates that although your account has already been enabled, it is still being activated. During activation, you will see the message: “We’re almost ready.” This one-time activation usually happens within a day but may take longer. You can close your browser, do other work, and return later without interrupting the process.

SkyDrive Pro Applications (Client Software)

The SkyDrive Pro applications are:

  • SkyDrive Pro app for Windows 8 and mobile devices
  • SkyDrive Pro sync client for Windows 7

With SkyDrive Pro applications, you can:

  • Synchronize your local files with files in SkyDrive Pro.
  • Access your SkyDrive Pro files from your desktop.
  • Access Microsoft Office files stored on SkyDrive directly from local Office applications.
If you have local technical support for your department:

Before installing software, contact your local technical support person for further information. Departments typically have different timetables, deployment plans, upgrade strategies, or distribution methods for software installations and upgrades.

If you do not have local technical support for your department, or if you've been instructed to install the software yourself:

Follow the instructions in the table below for the operating system that you are currently using.

The following table summarizes support for the SkyDrive Pro applications on several platforms.

Operating System Client Get Software
Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT (Surface)

SkyDrive Pro App

Instructions from Microsoft

From Windows Store
Windows 7

SkyDrive Pro sync client

Instructions from Microsoft

From Microsoft Download Center
Macintosh OS X There is no sync client for Mac OS X, but you can access SkyDrive Pro on a Mac through Office 2008 and 2011.  
Apple iOS 6.0 or higher (e.g. iPhone/iPad)

SkyDrive Pro App

Instructions from Microsoft

From Apple Store
Android TBD  

Synchronizing Files

Synchronization (or sync) allows you to designate one or more SkyDrive Pro folders to be replicated on your local computer or mobile device. Once you establish sync, you can change a file in SkyDrive and the local copy of the file is updated automatically. Likewise, when you change a local file, it is updated in SkyDrive Pro.

For Microsoft information on how to set up sync, see Sync a library to your computer.

Office Version Sync Support
Office 2013 The SkyDrive Pro sync client is built-in.
Office 2011, 2008 (for Mac)

Not a true "sync agent", but using the Document Connection program (distributed with Office for the Macintosh) you get a folder view in which you can drag-n-drop and open files.

Configuration instructions from Microsoft 

When adding a (Sharepoint, not "Skydrive") location to Document Connection use a URL similar to:


replace "Your-UW-NetID-here" with your own UW NetID.


Office 2010, 2007

Download and install the SkyDrive Pro sync client.

Download client from Microsoft Download Center.

Accessing Office Web Apps

You can access Office Web Apps when you create a new file or edit an existing file.

To create a new file using Office Web Apps:

  1. StepsActions
  2. Log in to  UW Office 365 and click SkyDrive to display your document library.
  3. Click new document, and then select the type of document that you want to create.
  4. Enter a name for the new document, and then click OK.
  5. The document opens in the Office Web App appropriate to the document type.

To edit an existing file in Office Web Apps:

  1. StepsActions
  2. Log in to  UW Office 365 and click SkyDrive to display your document library.
  3. Open the document that you want to edit.
  4. Click EDIT DOCUMENT, and then click the option to edit in the Web app.

SharePoint Site URL

From SkyDrive Pro, you can click the Sites link to create a SharePoint site. The URL for your site is:



your-UW-NetID =Your own UW NetID

your-new-site-name = The name you gave the site when you created it

More Information on UW SkyDrive Pro

  • UW SkyDrive Pro FAQs. Frequently Asked Questions on IT Connect.
  • Information for IT Support Providers. Information from the UW Microsoft Collaborative Applications (MSCA) SharePoint Site.

Information from Microsoft

Microsoft provides extensive online help for SkyDrive Pro. When using SkyDrive Pro, click the question mark icon Help icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window to access Microsoft help.

Other useful information from Microsoft:

  • What is SkyDrive Pro? Describes SkyDrive Pro libraries and the SkyDrive Pro sync client.
  • Manage your information. Describes how to use the basic features of SkyDrive Pro.
  • Start using SharePoint sites, SkyDrive Pro, and Newsfeed. Links to documentation on all SkyDrive Pro features.
  • Technical overview. TechNet article describing terminology, architecture, and other technical issues.
  • Plan browser support in SharePoint 2013. TechNet article on supported browsers.
  • Software requirements. Help topic on supported browser/OS combinations.
  • Mobile device browsers. TechNet article on supported mobile device browser/OS combinations.

Last modified: December 10, 2013