Office for Mac IntegrationProgent's specialists in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist you to set up Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft 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 for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage for Mac in order to share data and network resources with fellow workers who use Windows-powered computers. Progent can also assist your company to assess the benefits of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and help your company to plan and carry out a smooth upgrade strategy. Also, Progent's SharePoint experts can help you to configure a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office for Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications software developers can assist your company to develop, enhance, or troubleshoot Microsoft VBA code to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Visual Basic for Applications.

Progent offers integration expertise for all programs that come with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 SupportMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template management, publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, sharing, and programmability. The innovative Focus View feature allows you to eliminate non-essential content to increase the screen space dedicated to displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates as well as recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and additional graphic editing tools including a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that offers an extensible toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing capability via the Publishing View that offers more control over positioning of text and images and allows users to link text overflow from a given page to any text box on another page. Other features built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference utilities that support various citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but doesn't work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can assist your business to determine whether this limitation might affect your decision to upgrade to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to tag critical sections, search for specified terms, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to trace updates and allows you to accept or ignore edits from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's now discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to navigate through your work using the convenient document map.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, performance, image editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The innovative Sparklines capability offers an immediate visual representation of Excel information by means of tiny charts that fit inside a cell next to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data using icon sets, bars, and colors. You can now sort and filter data by color and can access multi- selection filters and new fast filtering tools. Excel Tables (previously called Lists) allow you to make multiple groupings of related information for efficient manipulation and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and closer resemblance with Windows versions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt images permit you to make professional-looking images without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing advanced features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging utility. You can manage access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and share secure workbooks across operating systems. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce cross-platform workbooks and exchange dates among workbooks without being required to distinguish between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many cells as the Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complicated calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for popular tasks such as company payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can assist you to determine if this limitation justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to read and manipulate in a window in WYSIWYG mode, quickly zoom data to match the right number of pages, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements provide additional color combinations and allow you to utilize the Formatting Palette for instantly updating your chart class, data, fills, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons enable you to track down and repair spreadsheet formula errors and control how the AutoFill feature formats your data. Editing/function tools permit you to see the correct usage for a library of functions, and intuitively change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support permits you to utilize Extensible Markup Language (XML) to share data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template management, image editing, video support, transitions, layer and slide management, timing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and scripting. The Media Browser allows convenient access to a broad range of media sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus Clip Art and other visual content. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and specialized templates plus recent shows. Improved picture editing capabilities include a background deletion tool and powerful utilities for touchup, color, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a presentation, making it easier to distribute and control sophisticated slide shows. You can easily add 3-dimensional slide transitions and are provided with an expanded collection of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt graphics with new sets of organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for easily converting bulleted displays into a variety of diagrams. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to change the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto enables you to view presentations using an iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that enable you to make your slide show properly timed and allow real-time adjustments using the controls in the presenterís view window. Animation and transitions allow you to make more engaging slide shows. A Format Font tool allows more precision in selecting font characteristics including spacing, style, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial improvements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and recovered via Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services including Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for each of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you no longer need to check individual email accounts and folders. The Conversations capability groups related messages to save time tracking and managing threads. The new Quick Look feature enables you to view file attachments including Office or PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from within any Outlook view by entering any element in any contact field.

    To support moving from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to copy Windows .PST files without third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately detect conflicts. You can also assign more than one category to a calendar event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice mail into readable text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the task of checking voice messages. New support offline contact data gives users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence data in the Outlook for Mac contact card and launch IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 includes an Out of Office assistant that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages based on who receives it. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides improved defense against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be read via the My Day tool, which enables you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage 2008 also features tighter integration with Exchange and offers more powerful calendaring capabilities. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can assist your company to enhance your Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Exchange so that you can team up with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 allows you to stay on top of email, addresses, schedules, and notes from a consolidated application. Entourage 2004 can access email via IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage 2004 facilitates collaboration between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows clients by allowing workers to access their data on Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list, sync schedules and addresses, and schedule meetings. Progent can assist you to manage your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

Additional Features of Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to help you to create, organize, and distribute business information efficiently. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can help you to integrate and maintain include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to support IM, presence awareness, collaboration, and voice and video conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 people to join in a conversation; message and presence filtering determined by permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate photos and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, included in Office for Mac 2011 and intended for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous access to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered personal computers 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 Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new protocol improves speed and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a session if the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) enhances protection by authenticating users before allowing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent can help you to configure and manage a system for driving Windows PCs from a Mac, see Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft 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 view, share, and edit files held remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits platform-independent teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file authentication 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 help your business to build and maintain a SharePoint web site to work with Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from virtually any computer, see SharePoint integration services.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, presence, conferencing and voice calling client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness indicators can be based on calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with either Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask guests to attend conference calls or initiate a meeting from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For details about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services offered by Progent's Lync technology specialists, see Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac support professionals can help you to integrate your Mac OS X computers and software into a dependable and protected IT network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the collaborative capabilities of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Microsoft Entourage, and provide Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a wide range of Microsoft Exchange consulting services including system design and installation, maintenance, protection, remote access, performance optimization, high availability, plus spam and Virus protection and email encryption.

Get in Touch with Progent to Find MS Office for Mac OS X Expertise
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