Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 IntegrationProgent'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 can benefit from popular features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage to share data and peripherals with fellow workers who run Windows-based computers. Progent can also help you to evaluate the advantages of moving to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and help your company to plan and execute an efficient upgrade strategy. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can help your company to configure a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office:Mac documents from a full-featured web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA software developers can assist you to develop, update, or troubleshoot VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Microsoft VBA.

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

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 SupportMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View feature allows you to eliminate non-essential content to maximize the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies access to built-in and customized templates as well as recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive image editing features including background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has a customizable toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing toolset through the Publishing View that provides increased control in the positioning of text and graphics and enables you to chain text overflow from one area to any text box on any page. Other features built into Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking fonts, and reference tools that support various citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can help your business to determine if this restriction should affect your decision to upgrade to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to flag important sections, find key words and phrases, and add time-stamped audio into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to follow edits and allows you to approve or ignore changes from the comment balloons. 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 web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to scan through your work with the improved thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac HelpExcel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of data analysis and charting, speed, image editing, programmability, security, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines capability offers an instantaneous visual summary of Excel information via miniature charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell next to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information using icon libraries, data bars, and colors. You can now sort and filter information by color and can access multiple- selection filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related data for easy editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt images allow you to make professional-looking graphics without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing advanced features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging utility. You can manage access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on protected workbooks across platforms. To enhance collaboration, Office Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complex calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for popular tasks such as payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can help your business to determine whether this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that permits you to review and edit in a window in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently zoom content to match your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements provide new color combinations and allow you to utilize the Formatting Palette for quickly revising your chart type, content, fills, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons allow you to find and repair spreadsheet errors and manage how AutoFill formats your data. Additional tools enable you to view the correct syntax for a library of functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML file support permits you to use Extensible Markup Language to share complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, image editing, movie support, animations, layer and slide management, timing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and automation. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a broad range of media sources including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as Clip Art and other graphical data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines control of built-in and custom templates plus recently opened presentations. New image editing features include a background deletion tool plus tools for touchup, color, and trimming. You can also embed and format movies from inside PowerPoint to make them a part of a presentation, making it simpler to share and manage complex presentations. You can easily add 3-dimensional slide transitions and are provided with an expanded collection of animation effects, customizable themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted displays into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to alter the size of objects. A command for exporting to iPhoto allows you to view slide shows using an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that enable you to keep your slide show well paced and let you make on-the-fly changes by means of the controls in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions permit you to create more dynamic presentations. A Format Font dialog box gives you more precision in selecting typography characteristics such as spacing, style, and transparency.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been redesigned to deliver substantial enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, sharing, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Outlook 20211 for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them simpler to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and recovered with Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services including Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased items for all of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you donít have to look through separate email accounts and folders. The new Conversations feature automatically groups related messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The Quick Look feature allows you to preview single or multiple file attachments including Microsoft Office or PDF files, graphics, and videos. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from any Outlook for Mac view by entering any item in any contact field.

    To support moving from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to import Windows .PST files without third-party utilities. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately uncover conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to an event. 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 process of checking voice messages. New support offline contact data gives mobile users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence information in the Outlook for Mac contact card and initiate IM, a video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages based on who receives it. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides better filters against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be read by means of the My Day tool, which enables you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also features tighter interaction with Exchange Server and offers more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac consultants can assist your company to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging solution to work seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can collaborate with colleagues running Microsoft Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to stay on top of email, addresses, calendars, and notes from a single location. Entourage for Mac 2004 can access messages via IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Windows users by permitting workers to access their data on Exchange Server to handle messages, search Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and addresses, and set up meetings. Progent can help you to support your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or migrate efficiently to Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

Other Components of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to help you to produce, organize, and distribute information productively. Additional Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can help you to configure and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac to support Instant Messaging, presence awareness, collaboration, and voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any computing device that uses MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 people to take part 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 need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, available with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for use with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous connections to multiple remote Windows-powered personal computers or to a remote server session to execute externally hosted programs and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you can print from within Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. An advanced protocol enhances speed and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a remote session in case the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication enhances security by authenticating users prior to allowing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent can help you to configure and manage a solution for running Windows PCs from a Mac, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 support services.
  • Office Web Apps are companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to use any full-featured browser running on almost any computing device to display, exchange, and lightly edit files held remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows platform-independent collaboration and supports mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file authentication to guard against file fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and the ability to create a locked-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can help your business to build and manage a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for co-authoring from any computer, visit SharePoint support.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class Instant Messaging, rich presence, conferencing and voice calling client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence awareness indicators can be based on calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in tandem with 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 invite contacts to attend conferences or initiate a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For details about Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology experts, see Microsoft Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network engineers, and Mac support professionals can help you to integrate your Apple Mac OS X computers and applications into a dependable and secure information network, set up your Exchange Server to support the groupware capabilities of Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and offer Mac Training for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a broad array of Exchange consulting services such as system design and installation, maintenance, protection, wide area connectivity, performance optimization, service continuity, and spam and Virus filtering and email encryption.

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