Microsoft Office for Mac Support ServicesProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist you to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Mac users are able to benefit from popular capabilities in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Microsoft Entourage to share data and peripherals with fellow workers who use Windows-powered computers. Progent can also help your company to assess the advantages of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist your company to plan and carry out a smooth migration strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can assist you to configure a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so users can retrieve Office:Mac files from a full-featured web browser. Progent's VBA software developers can assist your company to develop, enhance, or troubleshoot VBA programs to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

Progent provides integration support for all programs that come with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, collaboration, and automation. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to remove distracting content to increase the screen space available for viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates as well as recent documents. Enhanced publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and additional image editing tools that include a background removal tool.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has an extensible toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing toolset through the Publishing Layout View that provides increased control in the layout of words and graphics and allows you to link text overflow from a given page to any text box on another page. Additional capabilities built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference tools that allow various citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can help your business to determine whether this limitation might affect your decision to upgrade to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to flag important entries, find key words and phrases, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to follow edits and allows you to accept or ignore changes from the comments. 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 discontinued Microsoft Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to browse through your work using the improved thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, speed, graphics editing, programmability, data protection, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines feature provides an immediate graphical summary of Excel data by means of tiny charts that are displayed within a cell adjacent to the summarized values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format information using icon libraries, data bars, and colors. You can now sort and filter information by color and can access multi- selection filters and convenient fast filtering options. Excel Tables (previously known as Lists) allow you to make multiple groupings of associated data for easy editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Office Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics allow you to create polished-looking images without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can control access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and share protected workbooks across platforms. To enhance collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complex calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications including payroll. As with the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help you to evaluate whether this limitation justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that enables you to read and edit in a window exactly what will print, conveniently zoom content to match the right page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements offer additional color combinations and allow you to utilize the Formatting Palette for quickly updating your chart class, data, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons allow you to track down and fix spreadsheet formula problems and control how the AutoFill feature formats your content. Additional tools permit you to see the correct usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support enables you to use Extensible Markup Language to share data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced capabilities in the areas of template management, image touchup, movie support, transitions, layer and slide control, timing, sharing, security, search, speed, and programmability. The Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide range of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies management of pre-built and specialized templates as well as recent shows. Improved picture editing capabilities include a background removal function plus tools for correction, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from within PowerPoint to make them a part of a presentation, making it easier to distribute and manage complex slide shows. You can easily include 3-D slide transitions and have access to an expanded collection of animation effects, extensible themes, enhanced chart tools, and additional SmartArt images with new sets of org charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for quickly turning bulleted lists into a variety of diagrams. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting controls for quick updating. A slider makes it easy to alter the size of elements. An option for sending to iPhoto enables you to watch presentations using an 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 paced and allow real-time changes using the tools displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and transitions allow you to create more dynamic presentations. The Format Font tool allows increased precision in selecting font options including positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial improvements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, sharing, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, IM, and presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now stored in individual text files, making them easier to control. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and restored via Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been streamlined so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services such as Google Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for all of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you donít need to check separate email accounts and folders. The new Conversations feature automatically groups associated messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The Quick Look feature allows you to preview single or multiple file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or PDF files, photos, and movies. The Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from any Outlook 2011 view by entering any element in any field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac, Office Outlook for Mac allows you to copy .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also add more than one category to an event. With Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice mail into readable text messages and put them into your inbox to save time going through the process of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives users continual access to vital contact information. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence data in the Contact Card and initiate Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office utility that allows you to customize out-of-office notices based on the recipient. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 offers improved defense against spam and phishing and provides To Do notes that can be accessed via the My Day utility, which allows you to see your day's events and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage 2008 also offers tighter interaction with Microsoft Exchange Server and provides more powerful scheduling capabilities. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can assist you to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging system to work seamlessly with Exchange Server so you can collaborate with fellow workers using Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps you to handle messages, contacts, schedules, and notes from a central application. Entourage 2004 can connect to email via IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows users by allowing users to access their accounts on Exchange Server to manage email, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize calendars and addresses, and schedule conferences. Progent can help you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac.

Other Features of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 provides additional 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:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to enable Instant Messaging, presence awareness, file sharing, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 people to take part in a conversation; message and presence blocking determined by permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate images and text; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Messenger for Mac users need to have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous access to multiple remote Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server console to run hosted programs and exchange files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from within Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. A new desktop protocol enhances performance and integration with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature recovers a session if the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication enhances security by authenticating users prior to establishing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent can help you to set up and maintain a system for driving Windows computers from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to use any full-featured web browser on virtually any computer or smartphone to view, exchange, and edit files stored remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This allows cross-platform collaboration and helps mobile users. For business use, Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention protection, Office file validation to protect against fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to set up and maintain a SharePoint web site to work with Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, visit SharePoint support.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the advanced IM, rich presence, conferencing and voice client included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence indicators can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in tandem with either Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to invite guests to participate conference calls or start a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing features include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting available from Progent's Lync platform specialists, visit Microsoft Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network experts, and Mac OS X support professionals can help you to integrate your Mac OS X systems and software into a dependable and protected IT network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the collaborative capabilities of Office Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Training for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a wide range of Microsoft Exchange support services including system planning and deployment, maintenance, security, remote access, performance optimization, high uptime, plus spam and Virus filtering and email encryption.

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