Microsoft Office for Mac ConsultantsProgent's specialists in Mac OS X technology can help your company to set up Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform environment so that Apple Mac users can benefit from powerful features in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Microsoft Entourage in order to share information and network resources with colleagues who use Windows-powered computers. Progent can also assist you to assess the advantages of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier release of Microsoft Office for Mac and help your company to plan and carry out an efficient upgrade strategy. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can help you to set up a SharePoint site to support Office 2011 Web App so you can retrieve Office:Mac documents from any standard web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA software developers can assist you to create, update, or fix Microsoft VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent provides integration support for all programs supplied with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template management, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, sharing, and automation. The innovative Focus View tool allows you to remove non-essential elements to increase the screen space available for viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery simplifies access to standard and customized templates and recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and additional graphic editing tools including a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has an extensible toolbar and introduced a rudimentary desktop publishing toolset through the Publishing Layout View that provides more precision over layout of text and graphics and enables users to chain text overflow from a given page to a specified text box on any page. Other capabilities built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference tools that support various citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can help your business to determine if this restriction should affect your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that allows you to tag important entries, search for key words and phrases, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to follow updates and enables you to accept or ignore edits from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to scan through your document using the convenient map and thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, performance, graphics editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The new Sparklines feature provides an immediate graphical summary of Excel data by means of tiny charts that are displayed within a cell adjacent to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information with icon libraries, bars, and colors. You can sort and filter data by color and can access multiple- selection filters and new quick filtering tools. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) enable you to create multiple groupings of related data for easy manipulation and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics allow you to make polished-looking images without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can control access to workbooks via Information Rights Management and collaborate on secure workbooks across platforms. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to produce platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to distinguish between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 manages the same number of cells as the Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common tasks including payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can assist you to determine if this limitation justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to read and manipulate on screen exactly what will print, conveniently zoom data to fit your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements offer new color schemes and allow you to use the Formatting Palette for instantly updating your chart class, data, fills, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons allow you to find and repair spreadsheet errors and control how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your content. Editing/function tools allow you to view the proper syntax for over 140 functions, and intuitively change ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support enables you to employ Extensible Markup Language to share data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved functionality in the areas of template management, image touchup, video support, transitions, layer and slide control, pacing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and programmability. The Media Browser provides convenient access to a broad range of media libraries such as Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines management of pre-built and specialized templates plus recent presentations. New picture editing features include a background removal tool and powerful utilities for touchup, 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 easier to distribute and manage complex presentations. You can also add 3-dimensional slide transitions and are provided with an extensive collection of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart tools, and more SmartArt images with new sets of organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox organizes formatting controls for fast updating. A slider makes it simple to change the size of elements. A command for exporting to iPhoto allows you to watch slide shows using an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to keep your slide show properly timed and let you make mid-show adjustments via the controls displayed in the presenterís window. Animation and 3D transitions allow you to create more engaging presentations. A Format Font tool offers more precision in specifying typography characteristics such as positioning, size, and transparency.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial enhancements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restoration, search, Windows integration, collaboration, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contacts, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them simpler to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and restored using Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been streamlined so you can easily add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services such as Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for all of your mailboxes into unified folders so you no longer have to check separate accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations feature groups associated messages to simplify keeping track of threads. The new Quick Look feature allows you to view file attachments including Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and videos. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Outlook for Mac allows you to import .PST files without the need of third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can quickly uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice mail to readable text messages and put them into your inbox to save time going through the often tedious task of reviewing voice messages. New support offline address books gives mobile users 24x7 access to contact information. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence information in the new Contact Card and launch Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 features an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office messages based on the recipient. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides better filters 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 desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers tighter interaction with Microsoft Exchange and provides more sophisticated scheduling capabilities. Progent's Entourage 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac consultants can help your company to upgrade your Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so that you can team up with fellow workers using Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps you to handle email, addresses, calendars, notes, and documents from a central application. Entourage for Mac 2004 can access messages using IMAP, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage 2004 facilitates teamwork between Apple Mac OS X and Windows clients by permitting workers to connect to their data on Exchange Server to handle messages, look through Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize schedules and contacts, and schedule conferences. Progent can help you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Features of Microsoft Office for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes additional tools to assist you to produce, organize, and share information efficiently. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and support include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac to enable Instant Messaging, presence awareness, file sharing, and voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 participants to join in a conversation; IM and presence filtering based on allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, view and comment on images and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac users need to 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 connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered personal computers or to a remote network server to execute hosted applications and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from within Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances speed and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability restores a remote session in case the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication enhances protection by verifying users prior to allowing a full connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent can assist you to set up and manage a solution for running Windows computers from Mac OS X, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to use any full-featured web browser on virtually any computing device to view, exchange, and lightly edit files held online on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and supports mobile users. For business use, Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) protection, file authentication to guard against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can help you to build and manage a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level Instant Messaging, rich presence, conferencing and voice solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence data can be based on calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with either Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to ask guests to participate conferences or initiate a conference directly from Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For details about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's features and the support services offered by Progent's Lync technology experts, visit Microsoft Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-qualified network experts, and Mac specialists can assist you to integrate your Apple Macintosh computers and software into a robust and protected information network, set up your Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Entourage, and offer Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also provide a broad range of Exchange support services such as system planning and installation, troubleshooting, protection, wide area access, performance tuning, high uptime, plus spam and malware filtering.

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