Mac users who need an Exchange-compatible mail client from Microsoft have relied on Entourage or Microsoft Web Access. With the release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, Microsoft has replaced the Entourage client with Outlook 2011. Progent's Mac technology experts and Microsoft-certified Exchange Server engineers can assist you to support a legacy Entourage environment, design and execute an efficient migration to Microsoft's latest platform, and enhance your Exchange infrastructure to optimize the speed, reliability, security, collaboration support, and overall strategic impact of your email, messaging, and video conferencing ecosystem.

Outlook for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac, available in Office 365 for Mac, takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been redesigned to deliver substantial enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, sharing, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, IM, and presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them easier to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and recovered via Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services.

Entourage for Mac HelpProgent's Mac OS X technology specialists and Microsoft qualified consultants can help you to upgrade from the discontinued Entourage email client for Exchange Server so your Mac users can collaborate with workers who run Microsoft Outlook. Entourage allowed you ro use your Microsoft Exchange account to send and receive email, search your Exchange global address list (GAL), sync up your schedule and contact list, and invite people to meetings and events. Entourage for Mac was designed to support AppleScript and Apple's Spotlight search tool. Progent can assist you to configure a secure and dependable email solution that replaces Entourage for Mac with an up-to-date email client that can access your Exchange Server.

Microsoft Outlook for Mac Web App ExpertiseMost of the features of Microsoft Exchange are available to Mac, Apple iPhone, and iPad users running any full-featured web browser by using the Outlook Web App (previously named Outlook Web Access). Outlook Web App enables macOS, OS X and Apple iOS users to access email, voice mail, Instant Messages, and test through Apple Safari and other major browsers. Powerful capabilities of Outlook Web App include automatic conversation grouping for simplified thread management, expanded browser support, MailTips to help avoid disruptive or inappropriate email usage, an unlimited size one-page email message folder to eliminate the time and delays related to advancing through email messages manually, a nickname cache to streamline email addressing, enhanced filtering and search, shared calendars, new presence awareness displays inside contact lists, client-based Instant Messaging, ActiveSync support for test messages, and user-defined favorites filters (like unread messages) for fast access to task-relevant data.

Progent's Outlook for Mac 2011 Consulting Expertise
Microsoft Outlook for Mac is included with Office365 for Mac and takes the place of Entourage. Microsoft Outlook for Mac has been re-architected to offer significant improvements in major facets of unified messaging including email creation and management, calendaring, backup/recovery, search, Windows coexistence, collaboration, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail management, mobility, IM, and presence.

Progent can assist your company to incorporate Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 into your email system so you can take advantage of its new features, including:

  • Conversations: Managing threads is simplified by Outlook for Mac's ability to organize related messages into a single message collection.
  • Attachment Preview: The Quick Look feature allows you to read file attachments from inside an email without making it necessary to open the file attachments from their associated applications.
  • Unified Folders: Office Outlook for Mac now automatically puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased items for each of your mailboxes in unified folders so you donít need to look through individual email accounts and folders.
  • Import Windows PST Files: Moving from Windows email is simplified by the ability to import Windows email PST files to Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 without the need for external utilities.
  • Filter by Category: You can immediately retrieve critical calendar information and contact data based on categories you define.
  • Overlay Calendar View: Microsoft Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can quickly uncover scheduling conflicts.
  • Calendar Preview: A schedule preview displayed in a meeting invitation allows you to detect conflicts or examine adjacent meetings immediately.
  • Reply with Meeting: You can launch a conference invitation in a one-click reply to an email message.
  • Contact Card: Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence data in the Contact Card and initiate Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.
  • Contacts Search: You can instantly search through your contact database from any view in Microsoft Outlook for Mac.
  • Information Rights Management: With the volume-license edition of Outlook for Mac and a Rights Management server operating under Windows Server 2008, you can implement enterprise-grade security for sensitive emails.
  • Offline Address Books: Support for offline address books gives mobile users 24x7 access to contact information.
  • Voice Mail Preview: With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac can convert voice mail into readable text messages and add them to your inbox to cut the time spent going through the often tedious task of checking voice messages.
Progent can assist your company to plan, deploy, and maintain a multi-platform network that enables your Mac users to use Outlook for Mac to access Exchange Server. Progent's Microsoft-accredited engineers and Mac experts can help you to connect your Mac computers to your Exchange Server. Progent will verify that your Exchange Server is correctly configured and that WebDAV, LDAP, and Outlook Web Access are properly integrated. Progent can also offer a broad range of MS Exchange support services including design, integration, troubleshooting, security, online access, performance tuning, plus spam/virus blocking and email encryption. Progent also provides tailored one-on-one Entourage training.

Support Services for Entourage 2008 for Mac
Entourage 2008 for Mac was designed as an information manager that assists users to manage email messages, contacts, schedules, notes, and tasks. Thanks to the Exchange Server support incorporated into Entourage 2008, users can operate more efficiently in an Exchange Server-based email environment and team with colleagues who use Microsoft Outlook as their messaging client.

Features and Benefits of Entourage 2008 for Mac include:

  • Centralize Personal Information: Entourage 2008 for Mac enables you to organize your e-mail, contacts, calendar, notes, and task details in a single easy-to-access place.
  • Exchange Support: Users can operate seamlessly in an Exchange Server environment because Entourage 2008 for Mac uses the WebDAV standard. You can send and get email, search the Exchange global address list (GAL), import contacts, sync up your schedule, and invite associates to events with your Microsoft Exchange account.
  • Address Book Synchronization: You can sync up your contacts with those in your Microsoft Exchange personal address book, offering full access to your contacts at all times.
  • Directory Service: You can rapidly locate addresses by searching the Exchange global address list (GAL).
  • Support for Many Accounts: Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac allows you to establish multiple email accounts which can include IMAP, POP, and Hotmail type accounts. This enables you to manage all your email accounts with a single easy-to-use tool.
  • Schedule Synchronization: You can keep your Entourage 2008 Calendar in sync with Exchange so you can stay up to date with your calendar whether you are connected to the server or working offline.
  • Message Grouping: Microsoft Entourage 2008 allows you to group, view, and search for messages based on project, sender, time, or other fields.
  • Convenient Backup: Entourage 2008 enables users to export personal records such as email, contacts, or schedules into a Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac archive package to keep your PIM database clean and secure.
  • Word Compatibility: You can email Microsoft Word documents directly as the content of e-mail messages.
Progent can help you to maintain your current Microsoft Entourage system or help you plan and carry out an efficient migration from any edition of Microsoft Entourage to the latest release of Outlook for Mac.

Additional Support for Microsoft Exchange Server in a Cross-platform Network
For multi-platform networks that do not utilize Outlook for Mac but which include Microsoft Exchange plus a combination of Mac, Microsoft Windows, Linux/UNIX, or other common operating systems, Progent's consultants can help to integrate messaging clients into a cohesive system that maximizes the ability to collaborate and exchange data. Progent can explain the benefits and shortcomings of using Outlook Web App as an email client for non-Microsoft computers and can assist your company to incorporate a variety of messaging clients into your network.

Progent also provides an array of Exchange Server consulting services to help you to improve email protection, Exchange Server fault-tolerance, off-site and mobile email connectivity, email administration, and Exchange backup/restore processes. Progent's Exchange Server upgrade services streamline and expedite the job of going from an outdated messaging platform or an earlier release of Exchange to a current version. Progent also provides Exchange hosting support to lower the expense, streamline the administration, and improve the availability of your Microsoft Exchange Server. For additional details concerning Progent's professional services for Microsoft Exchange, see Exchange Server Help.

Contact Progent to Interface Apple macOS and OS X Clients and Exchange Server
If you are in need of a Mac consultant, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

Progent's Expertise for UNIX-family Systems
Progent's UNIX-family consulting experts provide small businesses and product developers help with administering and maintaining UNIX/Linux/Mac-based systems that can operate alongside Microsoft technology. Progent provides your company access to UNIX technical professionals, certified Microsoft consultants, Cisco CCIEs, and security specialists accredited by CISM. This wide range of knowledge offers your company a convenient single source to assist your business to build and support a protected and robust multi-vendor network and communications system that combines Windows with popular versions of UNIX such as: Apple macOS and OS X , Solaris, IBM AIX Operating System, HP-UX, Berkeley UNIX (BSD), SCO UNIX and Silicon Graphics IRIX (SGI/IRIX) or important Linux versions such as RedHat Linux, SUSE Linux, Debian GNU/Linux and CentOS Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Mandriva, PCLlinuxOS, fedora Linux, and Gentoo.

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