Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 IntegrationProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist you to set up Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Apple Mac users can take advantage of popular capabilities in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage in order to share data and peripherals with fellow workers who run Microsoft Windows-powered systems. Progent can also help you to assess the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier release of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to design and carry out an efficient upgrade plan. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can assist you to set up a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 Web App so you can access Office for Mac documents from a standard web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA software developers can help your company to create, update, or troubleshoot VBA code to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for VBA.

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

  • Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of document viewing, template management, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and programmability. The innovative Focus View tool allows you to remove distracting content to increase the screen area available for viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and custom templates as well as recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional graphic editing tools that include background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and incorporates a rudimentary desktop publishing capability via the Publishing View that offers increased precision in the positioning of words and images and enables you to link text overflow from a given page to any text box on any page. Additional features available in Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can assist your business to evaluate whether this restriction might affect your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to flag critical entries, find key words and phrases, and record time-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to trace edits and allows you to accept or reject edits from the comment balloons. Reference Utilities allow 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 allows you to scan through your work using the improved thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and visualization, performance, graphics editing, scripting, security, and collaboration. The innovative Sparklines feature offers an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel data by means of miniature charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell next to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format information using icon sets, data bars, and colors. You can sort and filter data by color and can access multiple- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) allow you to make multiple groups of associated data for efficient editing and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics allow you to create professional-looking images without requiring outside photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and offering advanced features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can manage access to workbooks via Information Rights Management and share protected workbooks across operating systems. To enhance collaboration, Office Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to create platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many cells as the Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for popular tasks including company payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help your business to determine if this restriction justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that allows you to read and edit on screen in WYSIWYG mode, quickly zoom content to fit your desired number of pages, and add headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements offer new color schemes and enable you to use the Formatting Palette for quickly revising your chart class, content, colors, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and fix spreadsheet formula errors and manage how AutoFill formats your data. Editing/function tools allow you to view the proper usage for over 140 functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support permits you to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template organization and customization, picture editing, video support, animated effects, layer and slide management, timing, sharing, security, search, speed, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides easy access to a broad selection of media sources such as Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus shapes, Clip Art and other graphical data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines control of built-in and custom templates plus recently opened shows. New image editing capabilities include a background deletion function and powerful utilities for touchup, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from within PowerPoint to make them a part of a show, making it easier to distribute and manage complex slide shows. You can also include 3-dimensional slide transitions and are provided with an extensive collection of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart tools, and more SmartArt graphics with new sets of org charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted displays into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to change the size of objects. A command for exporting to iPhoto allows you to watch presentations with an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that enable you to make your presentation well timed and let you make real-time adjustments via the tools displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and 3D transitions allow you to make more dynamic slide shows. A Format Font tool offers more control in selecting typography characteristics including positioning, style, and transparency.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Entourage and has been redesigned to provide significant improvements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, sharing, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, IM, and presence. The Outlook 20211 for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them easier to control. Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and recovered using Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can easily add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services including Google Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 now puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for each of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you no longer have to check separate email accounts and folders. The Conversations feature automatically groups associated messages to save time keeping track of email threads. The Quick Look function allows you to view single or multiple file attachments that can include Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from within any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any element in any contact field.

    To support migration from Windows to OS X, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to copy .PST files without third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to an event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac can transform voice mail to readable text messages and put them into your inbox to save time going through the process of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives users 24x7 access to vital contact information. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence data in the Contact Card and initiate Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that allows you to adapt out-of-office messages depending on the recipient. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides better defense against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do notes that can be read by means of the My Day tool, which enables you to see your day's events and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features closer interaction with Microsoft Exchange and offers more powerful scheduling capabilities. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 specialists and Office Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can assist you to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Exchange 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, schedules, notes, and documents from a single application. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can connect to messages using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows users by allowing users to connect to their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to handle email, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync calendars and addresses, and schedule meetings. Progent can help you to manage your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

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

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to enable Instant Messaging, presence awareness, collaboration, and voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of up to 15 participants to take part in a conference; message and presence filtering determined by allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, view and comment on photos and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Messenger for Mac users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous access to multiple remote Windows-based personal computers or to a remote server console to execute hosted programs and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you can print from Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new protocol enhances performance and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect feature restores a session in case the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves security by verifying users before allowing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to set up and maintain a system for driving Windows-based computers from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to utilize any standard browser running on almost any computer or smartphone to display, share, and lightly edit documents and files stored remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This allows platform-independent teamwork and supports mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file validation to protect against file fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can assist you to build and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from virtually any computer, visit SharePoint support.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, presence, video conferencing and voice client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence indicators can be based on calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to ask contacts to attend conferences or initiate a conference from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing features include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For details about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting available from Progent's Lync platform experts, visit Microsoft Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network engineers, and Mac support professionals can assist you to incorporate your Mac OS X systems and software into a robust and secure IT network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the collaborative features of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Entourage for Mac, and provide Mac Training for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a wide array of Exchange support services such as system planning and installation, maintenance, security, remote connectivity, performance tuning, fault tolerance, and spam and Virus filtering and email encryption.

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