Office for Mac Support ServicesProgent's specialists in Apple Macintosh technology can assist you to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform network so that Apple Mac users can take advantage of powerful features in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Entourage to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who run Microsoft Windows-powered systems. Progent can also assist you to assess the benefits of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Office for Mac and assist your company to design and carry out an efficient upgrade strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can assist you to set up a SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office:Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications programmers can help your company to develop, update, or troubleshoot Microsoft VBA code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent provides integration support for all programs that come with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of document viewing, template control, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and automation. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to remove non-essential elements to maximize the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of standard and custom templates and recently opened documents. Improved publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional graphic editing tools that include background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing toolset via the Publishing Layout View that offers more control over positioning of words and graphics and allows you to chain text overflow from a given area to any text box on any page. Additional capabilities available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference utilities that allow various citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help your business to determine if this limitation might affect your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to tag important sections, find specified words and phrases, and record time-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to follow updates and enables you to approve or ignore changes from the comments. Reference Utilities permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's now discontinued Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to browse through your document with the convenient map and thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, speed, graphics editing, programmability, data protection, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines feature offers an immediate graphical representation of Excel information via tiny charts that are displayed within a spreadsheet cell next to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information using icon libraries, bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter data by color and can access multi- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) allow you to create multiple groupings of associated information for efficient manipulation and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to make professional-looking images without the use of outside photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has returned, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can control access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on protected workbooks across platforms. To improve collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of spreadsheet cells as the Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for popular tasks such as company payroll. As with the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can help you to determine whether this limitation justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to review and manipulate on screen exactly what will print, conveniently scale data to fit your desired page count, and add headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements offer additional color schemes and allow you to utilize the Formatting Tool for instantly revising your chart type, data, fills, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to track down and repair spreadsheet formula errors and manage how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your data. Editing/function tools permit you to see the correct usage for over 140 functions, and intuitively change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support allows you to employ Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template management, picture editing, video support, transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, security, search, performance, and programmability. The Media Browser allows convenient access to a wide selection of media libraries such as Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines management of pre-built and custom templates plus recently opened presentations. Improved picture editing features include a background removal function plus powerful utilities for correction, color, and cropping. You can also incorporate and format movies from within PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a presentation, making it simpler to share and manage complex presentations. You can easily include 3-dimensional transitions and are provided with an extensive collection of animation effects, customizable themes, improved chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt graphics with new sets of organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted lists into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for fast updating. A zoom slider makes it simple to change the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch presentations with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that enable you to make your slide show well timed and allow on-the-fly adjustments via the controls displayed in the presenterís window. Custom animation and transitions enable you to make more engaging slide shows. A Format Font tool offers more control in specifying typography options such as spacing, size, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Microsoft Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been re-architected to provide significant enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, IM, and rich presence. The Outlook 20211 for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them easier to manage. Office Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and restored using Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services such as Google Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically places your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for each of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you no longer need to look through individual accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations feature automatically groups related messages to save time tracking and managing email threads. The Quick Look function allows you to view file attachments including Office or PDF files, photos, and movies. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to copy Windows .PST files without the need of third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately spot scheduling conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can convert voice mail to readable text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the often tedious process of reviewing voice messages. New support offline address books gives users continual access to vital contact information. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the new Outlook for Mac contact card and launch IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that permits you to customize out-of-office messages based on the recipient. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers improved defense against spam and phishing and provides To Do notes that can be accessed by means of the My Day utility, which allows you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage 2008 also features tighter interaction with Microsoft Exchange and offers more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac consultants can help you to upgrade your Mac email solution to work transparently with Exchange Server so you can collaborate with colleagues running Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to manage messages, addresses, calendars, and notes from a central location. Entourage 2004 can connect to email using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Apple Mac OS X and Windows clients by allowing workers to access their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list, sync schedules and contacts, and schedule conferences. Progent can assist you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or migrate efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac.

Additional Components of Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes additional tools to help you to create, manage, and share information productively. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can help you to integrate and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 to support IM, presence awareness, collaboration, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 people to take part in a conference; IM and presence filtering determined by permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate photos and text; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Messenger for Mac 8 users must have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent access to multiple remote Windows-based PCs or to a remote server console to run hosted applications and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from within Microsoft Windows applications to any Mac-accessible printer. A new desktop protocol enhances performance and integration with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a remote session if the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves security by authenticating users before allowing a full connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to set up and maintain a system for driving Windows computers from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to use any standard web browser running on virtually any computing device to display, share, and lightly edit documents and files stored remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This permits cross-platform collaboration and supports mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention protection, Office file validation to guard against fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and the ability to create a locked-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can assist you to set up and manage a SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from virtually any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class IM, presence, video conferencing and voice calling solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence awareness data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with either Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Lync technology allows users to ask guests to attend conferences or initiate a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology specialists, see Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac specialists can assist your company to incorporate your Mac OS X systems and software into a dependable and protected IT network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the collaborative features of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Microsoft Entourage for Mac, and provide Mac Training for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a broad array of Exchange support services such as system planning and integration, maintenance, protection, remote access, performance optimization, fault tolerance, and spam and malware blocking.

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