Office for Mac 2011 ConsultantsProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can help your company to configure Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Apple Mac users can take advantage of powerful features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Office:Outlook or Entourage for Mac in order to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who run Microsoft Windows-based computers. Progent can also assist you to assess the benefits of moving to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to plan and carry out a smooth migration plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can help your company to set up a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 Web App so users can retrieve Office for Mac documents from any standard web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA software developers can help you to create, enhance, or troubleshoot Microsoft VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for VBA.

Progent offers integration expertise for all applications supplied with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of viewing, template control, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View tool allows you to eliminate distracting content to maximize the screen space available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery simplifies management of built-in and customized templates as well as recently opened documents. Improved desktop publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive graphic editing features including a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has a customizable toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing capability via the Publishing View that offers increased control over layout of words and images and allows users to chain text overflow from a given page to a specified text box on another page. Additional features built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference utilities that allow a variety of citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can assist you to evaluate whether this limitation might impact your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to flag important entries, find specified words and phrases, and record time-stamped audio into your notes as you type. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to follow updates and allows you to approve or ignore changes from the comments. Reference Utilities permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to navigate through your work with the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and charting, speed, image editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The new Sparklines feature provides an instantaneous visual representation of Excel data via miniature charts that are displayed inside a spreadsheet cell next to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information with icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter data by color and can access multi- select filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Tables (previously called Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of associated data for efficient manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced speed and better compatibility with Windows versions of Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics permit you to make polished-looking graphics without requiring extra photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging utility. You can control access to workbooks via Information Rights Management and share secure workbooks across platforms. To improve sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 manages the same number of cells as the Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for common applications including company payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help your business to determine whether this limitation justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that enables you to read and edit in a window in WYSIWYG mode, quickly scale data to match the right page count, 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 type, content, colors, weights, and effects. Smart Buttons enable you to find and repair spreadsheet formula problems and control how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your content. Editing/function tools allow you to see the proper usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support allows you to use XML to collaborate on complex data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template management, picture touchup, movie support, animations and transitions, layer and slide control, timing, collaboration, security, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows easy access to a wide selection of media sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as shapes, Clip Art and other graphical data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and custom templates as well as recently opened presentations. New image editing features include a background deletion tool plus powerful utilities for correction, coloring, and cropping. You can also incorporate and format videos from inside PowerPoint to make them a part of a presentation, making it easier to distribute and control sophisticated slide shows. You can easily add 3-D transitions and have access to an expanded collection of animation effects, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and more SmartArt images with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly converting bulleted displays into a variety of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A zoom slider makes it easy to change the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto enables you to watch presentations using an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to make your presentation properly timed and allow on-the-fly changes by means of the tools in the presenterís window. Animation and 3D transitions enable you to create more dynamic slide shows. The Format Font tool provides more precision in selecting font options including positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Microsoft Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been redesigned to provide significant enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows integration, sharing, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, IM, and presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now stored in individual text files, making them easier to manage. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and recovered with Apple Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been streamlined so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services including Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically puts your email, drafts, sent mail and erased items for each of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you donít need to look through separate email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations capability automatically groups related messages to simplify keeping track of threads. The new Quick Look function allows you to view file attachments including Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from within any Outlook 2011 view by entering any element in any contact field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to copy Windows .PST files without the need of third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately detect scheduling conflicts. You can also add more than one category to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice mail into text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the process of checking voice mail. Support for offline contact data gives mobile users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence information in the Outlook for Mac contact card and initiate IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 includes an Out of Office assistant that allows you to customize out-of-office messages based on who receives it. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 provides improved defense against spam and phishing and provides To Do notes that can be accessed by means of the My Day utility, which allows you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers closer interaction with Exchange and provides more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Entourage 2008 specialists and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can assist you to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging system to work seamlessly with Exchange so you can team up with colleagues running Microsoft Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 allows people to manage email, addresses, schedules, notes, and documents from a central application. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can connect to messages using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows clients by allowing users to connect to their accounts on Exchange Server to manage email, look through Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and contacts, and schedule conferences. Progent can assist you to manage your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

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

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac to support IM, presence awareness, file sharing, plus conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of up to 15 people to take part in a conversation; IM and presence blocking based on allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to share, display and comment on photos and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, included in 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 hosted applications and exchange files. With Remote Desktop Connection you can print from Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances performance and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature recovers a session if the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication improves security by authenticating users before establishing 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-based computers from Mac OS X, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 support services.
  • Web Apps are companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to utilize any full-featured web 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 web site. This permits cross-platform collaboration and helps mobile users. For business use, Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, Office file validation to guard against file fuzzing exploits, additional file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can help your business to set up and manage a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, visit SharePoint consulting.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level IM, rich presence, video conferencing and voice client included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Lync for Mac works in conjunction with Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to invite contacts to participate conference calls or start a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For details about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting available from Progent's Lync technology experts, see Microsoft Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, Cisco-qualified network engineers, and Mac support professionals can assist your company to integrate your Apple Macintosh systems and software into a robust and protected information network, configure your Exchange Server to work with the collaborative capabilities of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac. Progent can also deliver a wide array of Exchange support services including system planning and installation, maintenance, security, remote access, performance tuning, high availability, plus Spam filtering and email encryption.

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