Office for Mac IntegrationProgent's experts in 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 benefit from popular features in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage to share information and peripherals with colleagues who run Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also help you to evaluate the benefits of moving to Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to design and execute an efficient migration strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can help your company to configure a SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so users can retrieve Office for Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA software developers can help your company to create, update, or troubleshoot VBA code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent offers consulting support for all applications that come with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsWord for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of viewing, template management, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View tool enables you to remove distracting content to increase the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of standard and customized templates as well as recent documents. Improved desktop publishing capabilities include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing features that include a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and introduced a basic desktop publishing toolset via the Publishing Layout View that provides increased precision over layout of words and graphics and enables users to link text overflow from a given page to a specified text box on any page. Other features built into Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking fonts, and reference tools that support various citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can help you to evaluate whether this restriction might impact your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to flag important entries, find key words and phrases, and record time-stamped audio into your notes as you type. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to follow edits and allows you to approve or reject edits from the comment balloons. Reference Utilities permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to navigate through your work with the convenient thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, performance, image editing, programmability, data protection, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines feature provides an immediate graphical summary of Excel information via tiny charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format data using icon libraries, bars, and colors. You can sort and filter data by color and use multiple- selection filters and convenient quick filtering options. Tables (before called Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related data for easy editing and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. Improved editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to make polished-looking graphics without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing advanced features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can manage access to workbooks via Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on protected workbooks across platforms. To enhance sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to create platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates among workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for popular tasks such as payroll. As with the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can assist your business to evaluate 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 review and edit on screen in WYSIWYG mode, quickly zoom data to match the right page count, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements provide new color combinations and allow you to use the Formatting Tool for quickly revising your chart type, data, colors, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons allow you to find and repair spreadsheet formula errors and manage how the AutoFill feature formats your data. Editing/function tools enable you to view the proper syntax for over 140 functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support permits you to utilize XML to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced capabilities in the areas of template organization and customization, picture editing, video support, animated effects, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, protection, search, speed, and scripting. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows convenient access to a wide selection of media libraries including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines control of built-in and specialized templates plus recently opened shows. New image editing capabilities include a background deletion tool and powerful utilities for correction, color, and trimming. You can also incorporate and format movies from inside PowerPoint to make them a part of a show, making it easier to share and control complex presentations. You can also include 3-D transitions and have access to an expanded library of animations, customizable themes, improved chart tools, and more SmartArt graphics with new sets of organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox organizes formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it simple to alter the size of elements. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch slide shows with an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that permit you to make your slide show well paced and let you make real-time changes by means of the controls displayed in the presenterís window. Custom animation and transitions allow you to create more engaging presentations. A Format Font tool gives you increased control in specifying typography characteristics such as positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial improvements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, sharing, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now stored in individual text files, making them easier to control. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and restored using Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular email services including Google Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically puts your email, drafts, sent mail and erased items for each of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you donít have to look through separate email accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations capability automatically groups related messages to save time tracking and managing email threads. The new Quick Look function allows you to preview single or multiple file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from within any Outlook for Mac view by entering any item in any field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to copy .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can quickly detect conflicts. You can also add more than one category to a calendar event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice mail into readable text messages and put them into your inbox to cut the time spent going through the often tedious task of checking voice mail. Support for offline address books gives mobile users 24x7 access to vital contact information. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence information in the new Contact Card and initiate Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office assistant that allows you to adapt out-of-office messages depending on the recipient. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides improved defense against spam and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be accessed via the My Day utility, which enables you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage 2008 also offers closer integration with Exchange Server and offers more sophisticated scheduling capabilities. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 specialists and Microsoft Outlook for Mac consultants can assist your company to enhance your Apple Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can team up with fellow workers using Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for people to handle email, addresses, schedules, and notes from a central location. Entourage for Mac 2004 can access messages via IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 facilitates teamwork between Apple Mac OS X and Windows users by permitting users to access their data on Exchange Server to manage email, look through Exchange's global address list, synchronize calendars and contacts, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to support your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Features of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 includes additional utilities to help you to create, organize, and share business information efficiently. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent's consultants can assist you to configure and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to support IM, presence awareness, collaboration, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 participants to join in a conference; message and presence filtering determined by permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate photos and documents; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Messenger for Mac users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous access to multiple remote Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server console to execute hosted applications and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. A new protocol enhances speed and compatibility with Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability restores a remote session if the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication enhances security by authenticating users before establishing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent can help you to configure and manage a solution for driving Windows computers from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that enable you to utilize any full-featured web browser on virtually any computer or smartphone to display, share, and lightly edit files held remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This permits platform-independent teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention protection, Office file authentication to protect against file fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can help you to build and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint support.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, presence, video conferencing and voice calling solution included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac works in tandem with either Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to invite guests to participate conferences or start a meeting from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For details about Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology specialists, see Microsoft Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support You with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac OS X specialists can assist you to incorporate your Apple Macintosh computers and software into a robust and secure IT network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Microsoft Entourage, and provide Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also provide a wide range of Microsoft Exchange support services including system design and installation, troubleshooting, protection, remote access, performance tuning, service continuity, plus junk mail and virus filtering.

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