Microsoft Office for Mac ConsultantsProgent's specialists in Apple Mac OS X technology can help your company to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform network so that Mac users are able to benefit from popular features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Microsoft Entourage to share information and network resources with fellow workers who use Microsoft Windows-based computers. Progent can also help your company to assess the benefits of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to plan and execute a smooth migration plan. Also, Progent's SharePoint consultants can help your company to set up a SharePoint site to support Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office for Mac documents from any standard web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications software developers can help your company to develop, enhance, or fix Visual Basic for Applications code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Visual Basic for Applications.

Progent offers consulting support for all applications supplied with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and programmability. The innovative Focus View tool enables you to eliminate non-essential elements to increase the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines management of built-in and custom templates and recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing features including a background removal tool.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and introduced a rudimentary desktop publishing capability via the Publishing Layout View that provides more control over positioning of text and graphics and enables users to chain text overflow from one page to a specified text box on another page. Other features built into Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference tools that support a variety of citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can assist you to determine if this limitation might affect your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to flag important sections, find key terms, and add date-stamped audio into your notes while you type. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to follow updates and enables you to accept or ignore changes from the comment balloons. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to scan through your document with the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, speed, image editing, scripting, security, and collaboration. The new Sparklines feature offers an immediate visual summary of Excel data via tiny charts that fit inside a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format data with icon libraries, data bars, and colors. You can now sort and filter data by color and use multi- select filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Excel Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related information for efficient manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and better resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to create professional-looking graphics without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and offering advanced features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can control access to Excel workbooks via Information Rights Management and collaborate on secure workbooks across platforms. To enhance sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without being required to distinguish between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complicated formulas. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for common tasks such as payroll. As with the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can assist you to evaluate whether this limitation justifies an upgrade to Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that permits you to read and edit in a window exactly what will print, quickly zoom data to fit the right page count, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements provide new color combinations and enable you to use the Formatting Palette for quickly updating your chart type, content, fills, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to track down and repair spreadsheet formula problems and control how the AutoFill feature formats your content. Editing/function tools allow you to see the correct usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support allows you to use XML to share data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, image editing, video support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, timing, sharing, security, search, speed, and automation. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows convenient access to a broad selection of media libraries including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as shapes, Clip Art and other graphical content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies management of pre-built and custom templates as well as recent presentations. New image editing capabilities include a background removal tool plus powerful utilities for touchup, 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 easier to distribute and manage sophisticated presentations. You can also add 3-D transitions and have access to an extensive collection of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and more SmartArt graphics with new layouts for org charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted lists into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting controls for quick updating. A zoom slider makes it simple to change the size of elements. An option for exporting to iPhoto allows you to watch slide shows with an iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to keep your slide show properly paced and allow mid-show adjustments using the tools in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions permit you to create more engaging presentations. The Format Font tool gives you increased control in specifying typography options such as spacing, style, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Microsoft Outlook for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been redesigned to provide significant enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Office Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now stored in individual text files, making them simpler to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and recovered with Apple Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services including Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted items for all of your mailboxes into unified folders so you donít have to look through individual email accounts and folders. The Conversations feature automatically groups related messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The new Quick Look feature allows you to view file attachments including Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and movies. The Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any element in any field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Outlook for Mac allows you to import .PST files without third-party utilities. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately detect conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice messages into readable text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the often tedious task of reviewing voice mail. Support for offline address books gives users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the Outlook for Mac contact card and launch Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office notices based on the recipient. Compared to Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 offers improved filters against spam and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be accessed by means of the My Day tool, which enables you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers closer integration with Exchange Server and provides more sophisticated calendaring functions. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 specialists and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac engineers can assist your company to enhance your Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can team up with colleagues running Microsoft Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 allows people to handle messages, contacts, schedules, and notes from a consolidated location. Entourage 2004 can connect to email using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows users by permitting workers to access their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and contacts, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to support your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Components of Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 provides additional utilities to assist you to produce, manage, and share information efficiently. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can help you to integrate and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to support IM, presence awareness, file sharing, plus conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any computing device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 participants to join in a conference; message and presence filtering based on permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate photos and text; emoticon support; and customizable display pictures. Messenger for Mac users need to have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based personal computers or to a remote server session to run hosted programs and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection you can print from within Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances performance and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature restores a session in case the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves security by verifying users prior to establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can help you to configure and manage a solution for driving Windows computers from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that enable you to use any full-featured browser on almost any computer or smartphone to display, exchange, and lightly edit files held online on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and helps mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) protection, Office file authentication to protect against file fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can help your business to set up and manage a SharePoint site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint support.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class IM, presence, conferencing and voice calling solution included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be determined by calendar data, login status, or specified by the user. Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to ask contacts to attend conference calls or initiate a conference directly from Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync platform specialists, visit Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Help Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac support professionals can assist you to incorporate your Mac OS X systems and applications into a robust and secure IT network, set up your Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage, and offer Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a broad range of Exchange consulting services including system planning and installation, troubleshooting, protection, remote access, performance tuning, high availability, plus Spam protection and email encryption.

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