Microsoft Office 365 for Mac Support ServicesProgent's macOS and OS X experts can help your company to configure Microsoft Office 365 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Mac users can benefit from the powerful capabilities in Microsoft Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for Mac in order to share data and network resources with fellow workers who run Windows-powered computers. Progent can also assist you to assess the advantages of upgrading to Microsoft Office 365 for Mac from an earlier release of Office for Mac and help you to design and execute an efficient upgrade strategy. Progent offers integration expertise for all programs supplied with Office 365 for Mac and Office 2016 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Word for Mac and Word for Mac 2016 include a new Design Tab that allows instant access to design elements and makes it simple to control layout, colors and fonts across a document. A new Insights Pane automatically searches for and displays relevant information from the web to provide rich context for authors and readers. Another new feature is threaded comments, which facilitates collaboration by allowing conversations and displaying them adjacent to the associated text. Improvements include simpler tools for inviting colleagues to review and edit documents, simultaneous coauthoring of documents, and integrated Mail Merge tools that use Word, Excel and Outlook. As with current editions of Office Excel and PowerPoint for Mac, Office 365 Word for Mac allows you to navigate documents with Multi-Touch gestures.

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    Office 365 Word for Mac simplifies layout management and teamwork

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template control, publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and programmability. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to remove non-essential elements to increase the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and custom templates and recently opened documents. Enhanced desktop publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional image editing features including a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has an extensible toolbar and incorporates a rudimentary desktop publishing capability via the Publishing View that provides increased precision in the layout of words and graphics and allows users to chain text overflow from one area to any text box on another page. Other features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference tools that allow various citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help your business to evaluate whether this restriction should affect your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that enables you to tag critical sections, find key words and phrases, and add time-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to trace edits and enables you to approve or ignore edits from the comments. Reference Tools permit you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to scan through your work using the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Office 365 Excel for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Excel for Mac and Excel for Mac 2016 introduce PivotTable Slicers to enable you to discover patterns hidden in large volumes of data. A new add-on, the Analysis Toolpak, allows advanced statistical and engineering analyses. Compatibility with PC versions of Excel is enhanced with support for common keyboard shortcuts and for most of the functions found in Excel 2013 for Windows. Additional improvements include a better Formula Builder Pane and the ability to print to a single PDF file.

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    Microsoft Office 365 Excel for Mac improves compatibility with PC spreadsheets

    Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and charting, speed, image editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The new Sparklines capability provides an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel data by means of tiny charts that fit within a cell next to the summarized values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information with icon libraries, bars, and colors. You can now sort and filter information by color and use multi- select filters and new fast filtering tools. Tables (before known as Lists) allow you to create multiple groupings of associated information for easy editing and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. Improved editing tools and SmartArt graphics allow you to create professional-looking graphics without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can control access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on secure workbooks across platforms. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without being required to distinguish between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complex calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for popular tasks such as company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can help you to determine if this restriction justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to read and edit on screen in WYSIWYG mode, quickly scale data to fit your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements provide new color combinations and allow you to utilize the Formatting Palette for instantly updating your chart type, data, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons allow 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 proper syntax for a library of functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support enables you to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on complex data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac ConsultantsMicrosoft Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac 2016 include the new Theme Variants function that makes it easy to change the style of a presentation by switching the color scheme. As with current editions of Office Word for Mac, a new Threaded Comments feature promotes teamwork by showing complete conversations next to related content. Collaboration is also improved with strong coauthoring support. An improved Presenter View shows the speaker the current and next slide, presentation notes, plus a timer while showing the audience just the current slide. An improved Animation Pane facilitates creating and updating professional-looking animations, and an enhanced Conflict Resolution View shows alternative updates to assist you to choose which versions to keep.

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    Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac makes it easier to create and deliver pro-quality presentations

    PowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template management, picture editing, movie support, transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, security, search, speed, and scripting. The Media Browser allows convenient access to a broad selection of media libraries such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus shapes, Clip Art and other graphical data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates as well as recently opened shows. Improved picture editing features include a background deletion tool plus powerful utilities for correction, color, and cropping. You can also embed and format videos from within PowerPoint for Mac to make them an integral part of a show, making it simpler to distribute and manage sophisticated presentations. You can easily include 3-dimensional slide transitions and have access to an expanded collection of animations, customizable themes, improved chart tools, and more SmartArt graphics with new layouts for org charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for easily converting bulleted lists into a selection of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting options for fast updating. A slider makes it simple to change the size of objects. An option for exporting to Apple's iPhoto allows you to watch presentations using an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that permit you to keep your slide show properly paced and allow mid-show changes by means of the tools in the presenterís view window. Animation and transitions allow you to make more dynamic presentations. A Format Font tool provides more control in specifying typography characteristics such as positioning, size, and transparency.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook 365 for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Outlook for Mac and Outlook for Mac 2016 include important new features such as support for push email to keep your inbox current, online archiving to conserve mailbox storage, the ability to propose an alternative meeting time in answer to a meeting request, and the ability to see multiple calendars concurrently. Also, navigation has been simplified for switching between Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and Notes. Other improvements include the display of conversation threads in your inbox plus message preview to help you decide quickly how to deal with new emails. With an Office 365 subscription, Full Screen Mode allows you to have multiple open messages or to operate two instances of Outlook in split-screen view.

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    Office 365 Outlook for Mac allows side-by-side and overlay calendars to simplify scheduling

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows coexistence, sharing, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Outlook 2011 for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them simpler to control. Office Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and recovered with Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services such as Google Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now places your email, drafts, sent mail and deleted messages for each of your mailboxes into unified folders so you no longer have to check individual accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations feature automatically groups associated messages to simplify tracking and managing email threads. The new Quick Look feature allows you to preview single or multiple file attachments including Microsoft Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to copy Windows .PST files without third-party utilities. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can quickly spot conflicts. You can also add more than one category to an event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert 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 mobile users continual access to contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the new Outlook for Mac contact card and launch Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office messages based on the recipient. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 offers better defense against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do notes that can be accessed by means of the My Day tool, which allows you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also features closer integration with Exchange and offers more powerful scheduling functions. Progent's Entourage 2008 specialists and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac consultants can help your company to enhance your Mac email system to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can collaborate with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to stay on top of email, contacts, schedules, and notes from a single location. Entourage 2004 can connect to email using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 facilitates collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows users by allowing users to connect to their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage email, look through Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync calendars and contacts, and schedule conferences. Progent can help you to support your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate smoothly to Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Components of Office for Mac
Office for Mac 2011 provides additional utilities to help you to create, manage, and distribute business information efficiently. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and support include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to support IM, presence, collaboration, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any device set up with MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 people to take part in a conversation; IM and presence filtering determined by allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to share, display and comment on photos and documents; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Messenger for Mac 8 users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous connections to multiple remote Windows-based PCs or to a remote server console to execute hosted programs and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you can print from Microsoft Windows applications to any Mac-accessible printer. A new desktop protocol enhances performance and integration with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability restores a remote session if the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves security by verifying users before establishing 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 running Windows-based computers from Mac OS X, visit Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Office Web Apps are companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to utilize any standard web browser on virtually any computer or smartphone to display, share, and lightly edit documents and files stored online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This permits platform-independent teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention support, file validation to guard against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a locked-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can help you to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for co-authoring from virtually any computer, visit SharePoint integration services.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, rich presence, video conferencing and voice calling client included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence indicators can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Lync for Mac runs in tandem with either Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to ask contacts to attend conference calls or start a meeting directly from Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For more information about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology experts, see Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network experts, and macOS and OS X support professionals can help you to incorporate your Mac systems and applications into a dependable and protected information network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the groupware capabilities of Office 365 Outlook for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a wide range of Microsoft Exchange consulting services such as system design and integration, maintenance, protection, remote connectivity, performance optimization, fault tolerance, and spam and Virus filtering and email encryption.

Get in Touch with Progent If You Need Microsoft Office for Mac Consulting
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