Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Support ServicesProgent's experts in Mac OS X technology can help you to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Apple Mac users are able to benefit from popular features in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage in order to share data and peripherals with fellow workers who run Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also help your company to assess the benefits of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from a prior release of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to design and execute an efficient upgrade strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can help you to set up a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office:Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's VBA software developers can help your company to develop, enhance, or fix VBA programs to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Visual Basic for Applications.

Progent offers consulting expertise for all programs supplied with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template management, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View tool enables you to eliminate non-essential content to increase the screen space available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and custom templates and recent documents. Improved publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive image editing features that include background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing toolset through the Publishing Layout View that provides increased control over positioning of text and graphics and enables you to link text overflow from one page to any text box on any page. Other features built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help your business to determine whether this limitation might impact 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, search for specified words and phrases, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to trace updates and allows you to approve or ignore edits from the comments. Reference Utilities 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 now discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to navigate through your document using the convenient document map.

  • Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and charting, speed, image editing, scripting, data protection, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines capability offers an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel information via tiny charts that are displayed inside a cell next to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data using icon sets, 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 make multiple groups of related information for efficient editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics allow you to create polished-looking images without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and offering advanced capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management and share secure workbooks across platforms. To improve sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates among workbooks without having to distinguish between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complicated calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for popular applications such as company payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants 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 manipulate in a window exactly what will print, quickly scale content to match your desired number of pages, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting enhancements offer new color combinations and enable you to utilize the Formatting Palette for quickly updating your chart class, content, fills, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and fix spreadsheet formula errors and manage how AutoFill formats your content. 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 allows you to utilize Extensible Markup Language to share complex data.

  • 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, image editing, video support, animations, layer and slide management, timing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and programmability. The Media Browser provides easy access to a broad selection of media sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus shapes, Clip Art and other graphical content. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies control of built-in and specialized templates plus recently opened presentations. Improved image editing capabilities include a background deletion function and powerful utilities for touchup, coloring, and cropping. You can also incorporate and format videos from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a show, making it simpler to distribute and control sophisticated presentations. You can also include 3-dimensional transitions and are provided with an expanded collection of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart tools, and more SmartArt images with new sets of organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for quickly converting bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting options for quick updating. A slider makes it easy to alter the size of elements. A command for exporting to Apple's iPhoto allows you to view presentations with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter Tools that permit you to keep your presentation properly paced and let you make mid-show changes by means of the controls in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions permit you to make more engaging presentations. The font formatting tool allows more control in selecting typography options including positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver substantial improvements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows coexistence, collaboration, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them easier to control. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and recovered using Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services including Google Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac now automatically 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 folders. The new Conversations feature automatically groups associated messages to save time keeping track of threads. The Quick Look feature allows you to preview file attachments including Office or PDF files, photos, and movies. The Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from any Outlook view by specifying any item in any field.

    To support migration from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to import Windows .PST files without the need of third-party utilities. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can quickly detect conflicts. You can also add more than one category to a calendar event. With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice messages to text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the process of checking voice messages. 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 video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that permits you to adapt out-of-office notices based on the recipient. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers better defense against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be read via the My Day utility, which enables you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage 2008 also features closer integration with Exchange Server and provides more sophisticated calendaring functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can assist your company to enhance your Mac messaging solution to work seamlessly with Exchange Server so that you can collaborate with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for people to stay on top of messages, addresses, schedules, and notes from a consolidated application. Entourage for Mac 2004 can access messages via IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 facilitates collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Windows users by allowing users to connect to their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage email, search Exchange's global address list, sync calendars and addresses, and schedule conferences. Progent can assist you to support your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or migrate efficiently to Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

Additional Features of Office for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other utilities to help you to create, manage, and share information efficiently. Additional Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can assist you to configure and support include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 to support IM, presence awareness, file sharing, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 participants to take part in a conference; IM and presence filtering determined by allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate photos and documents; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Messenger for Mac 8 users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, available with Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous access to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server session to execute hosted programs and exchange files. With Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances performance and integration with Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability recovers a session in case the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves security by authenticating users prior to allowing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can help you to set up and maintain a system for running Windows-based PCs from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Web Apps are companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that enable you to use any standard web browser on virtually any computing device to view, exchange, and edit documents and files stored online on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows platform-independent teamwork and helps mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, Office file authentication to protect against fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can assist your business to set up and maintain a SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, see SharePoint integration services.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level Instant Messaging, presence, conferencing and voice solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence data can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with either Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask guests to attend conference calls or initiate a meeting from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For details about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology specialists, visit Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac specialists can help your company to incorporate your Mac OS X systems and applications into a dependable and secure information network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the collaborative capabilities of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Microsoft Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a wide array of Exchange support services such as system planning and deployment, troubleshooting, security, wide area access, performance tuning, fault tolerance, plus spam and malware filtering.

Contact Progent to Find Office for Mac Help
If your organization is trying to find a Mac OS X expert, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or email Progent at apple-help@progent.com.
















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