Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 ConsultantsProgent's experts in Mac OS X technology can assist you to configure Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform environment so that Mac users are able to take advantage of popular features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage for Mac in order to share data and peripherals with colleagues who use Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the benefits of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Office for Mac and assist you to design and execute 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 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office for Mac files from a standard web browser. Progent's VBA programmers can assist your company to develop, update, or troubleshoot Microsoft VBA programs to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent provides consulting support for all applications supplied 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 management, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View feature allows you to remove non-essential elements to maximize the screen area available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines management of standard and customized templates as well as recent documents. Improved desktop publishing capabilities include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive graphic editing tools including background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic publishing capability via the Publishing Layout View that provides more control in the positioning of words and graphics and enables users to link 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 type, and reference tools that support a variety of citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can help your business to evaluate whether this limitation should impact your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that allows you to flag critical entries, find key terms, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes feature makes it easier to follow updates and enables you to accept or reject changes from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Microsoft Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to browse through your document with the improved document map.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and visualization, speed, image editing, scripting, data protection, and collaboration. The innovative Sparklines feature offers an immediate visual representation of Excel data via miniature charts that are displayed within a cell adjacent to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format information with icon libraries, bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter data by color and use multiple- select filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Tables (before called Lists) allow you to create multiple groups of associated information for easy manipulation and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and better resemblance with Windows versions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics allow you to create professional-looking images without requiring 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 introducing new capabilities such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and share secure workbooks across operating systems. To improve collaboration, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce cross-platform workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complicated formulas. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for common tasks such as payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can assist you to determine whether this limitation justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that permits you to read and edit in a window in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently zoom content to match the right page count, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements offer new color combinations and enable you to utilize the Formatting Tool for quickly updating your chart type, content, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons enable you to track down and fix spreadsheet errors and control how AutoFill formats your content. Editing/function tools allow you to view the correct syntax for over 140 functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support permits you to utilize XML to share complex data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, picture editing, movie support, transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, security, search, speed, and scripting. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide selection of media sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and specialized templates plus recent presentations. New picture editing features include a background removal function and powerful utilities for correction, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format videos from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them an integral part of a show, making it simpler to distribute and control complex slide shows. You can easily add 3-dimensional transitions and have access to an expanded collection of animations, customizable themes, improved chart making utilities, and more SmartArt graphics with new sets of org charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted lists into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for quick updating. A slider makes it simple to alter the size of elements. An option for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch presentations with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that permit you to make your presentation well timed and let you make on-the-fly changes using the controls in the presenterís view window. Animation and 3D transitions enable you to create more engaging slide shows. The Format Font dialog box gives you increased precision in selecting font options such as spacing, size, and transparency.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been redesigned to deliver substantial improvements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restoration, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now stored in individual text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored with Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services including Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac now puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased items for all of your mailboxes in unified folders so you donít have to look through separate email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations feature groups related messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The Quick Look feature enables you to preview file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any item in any field.

    To support migration from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to import .PST files without third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can quickly spot conflicts. You can also assign more than one category to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac can transform voice mail to readable text messages and put them into your inbox to cut the time spent going through the often tedious process of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline address books gives mobile users continual 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 new Contact Card and initiate IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 features an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office messages depending on the recipient. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers better defense against spam and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be read via the My Day tool, which allows you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also features closer interaction with Microsoft Exchange Server and provides more powerful calendaring functions. Progent's Entourage 2008 specialists and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac consultants can assist your company to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so that you can team up with fellow workers using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps people to manage messages, contacts, schedules, and notes from a consolidated location. Entourage for Mac 2004 can connect to messages using IMAP, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 facilitates teamwork between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows clients by permitting users to access their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to handle messages, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync schedules and addresses, and schedule conferences. Progent can help you to maintain your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or migrate smoothly to Office Outlook for Mac.

Additional Components of Office for Mac
Office for Mac 2011 provides additional tools to help you to produce, manage, and distribute business information productively. Additional Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can help you to integrate and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to support Instant Messaging, presence awareness, file sharing, and conferencing. Features include the ability to send messages to any device that uses MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 people to take part in a conference; message and presence blocking based on allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, view and annotate images and documents; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Messenger for Mac users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous access to multiple remote Windows-powered personal computers or to a remote server session to execute externally hosted programs and exchange files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you can print from Windows applications to any Mac-accessible printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances speed and integration with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a remote session in case the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves security by verifying users before allowing a full Remote Desktop 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, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 support services.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that enable you to use any standard web browser on almost any computer or smartphone to view, share, and lightly edit files stored online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This permits platform-independent collaboration and supports 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) support, Office file validation to protect against fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can assist you to set up and manage a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade Instant Messaging, presence, conferencing and voice calling client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence data can be determined by calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Lync technology allows users to invite contacts to participate conferences or start a conference from within Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services available from Progent's Lync technology experts, see Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac OS X support professionals can assist you to integrate your Apple Mac OS X systems and applications into a robust and protected IT network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Office Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also provide a wide range of Microsoft Exchange support services such as system planning and installation, maintenance, protection, wide area access, performance optimization, high uptime, and spam and malware blocking.

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