Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 ConsultantsProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist your company to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Apple Mac users are able to benefit from powerful features in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Entourage in order to share information and network resources with fellow workers who use Microsoft Windows-powered systems. Progent can also assist you to assess the benefits of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Office for Mac and help your company to plan and carry out a smooth migration plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint experts can help your company to configure a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 Web App so users can access Office for Mac documents from any standard web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA software developers can help you to develop, update, or fix VBA code to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

Progent provides consulting expertise 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 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of viewing, template management, publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and programmability. The new Focus View tool allows you to eliminate non-essential content to maximize the screen space dedicated to displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates and recent documents. Improved publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive graphic editing features that include a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has an extensible toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing capability through the Publishing View that offers increased precision over layout of text and graphics and allows users to link text overflow from one area to a specified text box on any page. Additional features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking fonts, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help your business to evaluate if this restriction might affect your decision to migrate to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that allows you to flag critical entries, find specified words and phrases, and record time-stamped audio into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to follow edits and enables you to accept or reject changes from the comment balloons. Reference Tools permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to scan through your work with the improved document map.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and visualization, performance, graphics editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The new Sparklines feature offers an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel data via tiny charts that are displayed within a cell adjacent to the associated 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- select filters and new fast filtering tools. Tables (before called Lists) allow you to create multiple groupings of associated data for easy manipulation and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer resemblance with Windows versions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics permit you to create professional-looking images without the use of outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and offering new capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management and collaborate on secure workbooks across operating systems. To improve sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 manages the same number of cells as the Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complex calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common tasks including company payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can help your business to evaluate if this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that permits you to read and manipulate on screen exactly what will print, quickly zoom content to fit the right page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements offer additional color combinations and allow you to use the Formatting Tool for instantly revising your chart class, content, fills, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons allow you to find and repair spreadsheet errors and manage how the AutoFill feature formats your content. Editing/function tools permit you to view the proper syntax for over 140 functions, and intuitively change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support enables you to utilize XML to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template organization and customization, picture editing, movie support, animations, layer and slide control, pacing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and scripting. The Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide range of media libraries including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies control of pre-built and specialized templates plus recent shows. Improved image editing features include a background deletion tool and powerful utilities for touchup, color, and trimming. You can also embed and format videos from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a show, making it simpler to share and manage sophisticated slide shows. You can also add 3-D slide transitions and are provided with an expanded collection of animation effects, customizable themes, enhanced chart tools, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for org charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for easily converting bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting options for quick detailing. A slider makes it simple to change the size of elements. An option for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch slide shows using an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter functions that permit you to keep your presentation well timed and let you make real-time adjustments via the tools in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions allow you to make more engaging presentations. The Format Font dialog box allows more control in specifying typography options such as spacing, style, and transparency.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver substantial enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows coexistence, sharing, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them easier to control. Office Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and restored via Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services such as Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now puts your email, drafts, sent mail and deleted messages for all of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you no longer have to check individual email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations feature groups related messages to save time keeping track of email threads. The new Quick Look function enables you to view single or multiple file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or PDF files, photos, and videos. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any element in any field.

    To support moving from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Outlook for Mac allows you to copy .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can quickly spot conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to a calendar event. With Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can transform voice messages to text messages and put them into your inbox to save time going through the often tedious process of reviewing voice mail. New support offline address books gives users 24x7 access to vital contact information. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the Contact Card and launch Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that allows you to adapt out-of-office messages depending on the recipient. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers better filters against junk mail 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 events and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features closer integration with Microsoft Exchange and offers more sophisticated scheduling functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 specialists and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac engineers can assist you to upgrade your Apple Mac email system to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so that you can collaborate with fellow workers running Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to manage messages, addresses, calendars, and notes from a central application. Entourage for Mac 2004 can access email via IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 facilitates teamwork between Apple Macintosh and Windows users by allowing workers to connect to their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to handle messages, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize schedules and addresses, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to support your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade smoothly to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Components of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to assist you to produce, organize, and share information efficiently. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can help you to configure and maintain include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to enable IM, presence, collaboration, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 participants to take part in a conference; message and presence filtering determined by permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to share, view and comment on photos and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for use with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers concurrent connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based personal computers or to a remote network server to execute hosted applications and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from within Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances speed and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature restores a session in case the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication improves protection by verifying users before allowing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can help you to set up and manage a solution for driving Windows PCs from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to utilize any standard browser running on virtually any computing device to view, share, and edit documents and files stored remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and supports mobile users. For business use, Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention support, Office file authentication to protect against fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to set up and maintain a SharePoint web site to work with Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for co-authoring from virtually any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint consulting.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level IM, presence, conferencing and voice calling solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac works in tandem with Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to invite guests to participate conference calls or initiate a meeting from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For details about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services available from Progent's Lync platform experts, visit Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac OS X support professionals can assist you to incorporate your Apple Macintosh computers and software into a dependable and protected information network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Outlook for Mac and Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a wide range of Exchange support services including system design and installation, maintenance, protection, wide area access, performance tuning, high uptime, plus spam and virus blocking.

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