Office for Mac 2011 Support ServicesProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist you to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Apple Mac users are able to take advantage of powerful features in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage in order to share data and network resources with fellow workers who use Windows-based systems. Progent can also assist your company to evaluate the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier release of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to plan and execute an efficient migration strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint consultants can assist you to configure a SharePoint web site to support Office 2011 Web App so users can retrieve Office:Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications programmers can assist your company to create, enhance, or troubleshoot VBA code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Visual Basic for Applications.

Progent provides consulting expertise for all programs that come with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of document viewing, template management, publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The innovative Focus View tool allows you to remove distracting content to maximize the screen space dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and customized templates and recent documents. Enhanced publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing tools including a background removal tool.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers an extensible toolbar and incorporates a rudimentary desktop publishing capability through the Publishing Layout View that offers more precision over positioning of words and images and allows you to chain text overflow from one area to any text box on any page. Additional features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference tools that support various citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can assist your business to evaluate if this restriction might affect your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that enables you to flag critical sections, search for specified terms, and add time-stamped audio into your notes as you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to follow edits and enables you to accept or reject changes from the comment balloons. Reference Utilities permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to scan through your work using the convenient thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and charting, speed, graphics editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The innovative Sparklines capability offers an immediate visual representation of Excel information via tiny charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information using icon sets, data bars, and colors. You can sort and filter data by color and use multiple- selection filters and convenient fast filtering options. Tables (before called Lists) allow you to make multiple groupings of associated data for efficient editing and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and better compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to create polished-looking graphics without the use of outside photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has returned, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on protected workbooks across platforms. To improve sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce platform-independent 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 spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complex calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for common tasks such as company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can assist your business to evaluate whether this restriction justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to review and edit in a window in WYSIWYG mode, quickly zoom data to match the right number of pages, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting enhancements offer new color schemes and enable you to utilize the Formatting Palette for quickly updating your chart type, content, colors, weights, and effects. Smart Buttons permit you to track down and fix spreadsheet formula errors and manage how AutoFill formats your data. Editing/function tools enable you to see the proper syntax for a library of functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support permits you to employ Extensible Markup Language to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced capabilities in the areas of template organization and customization, image editing, movie support, animations, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, security, search, speed, and programmability. The Media Browser provides easy access to a broad selection of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies control of pre-built and custom templates as well as recent shows. New picture editing features include a background deletion tool and powerful utilities for correction, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from inside PowerPoint to make them an integral part of a presentation, making it simpler to share and control complex presentations. You can easily include 3-D transitions and are provided with an extensive collection of animations, extensible themes, improved chart making utilities, and more SmartArt images with new sets of organization charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for easily converting bulleted displays into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting options for fast detailing. A zoom slider makes it easy to alter the size of objects. An option for exporting to Apple's iPhoto enables you to view presentations with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to keep your presentation well paced and let you make on-the-fly adjustments by means of the controls in the presenterís window. Custom animation and transitions permit you to create more dynamic slide shows. The font formatting tool offers more precision in selecting typography characteristics including spacing, style, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver significant improvements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, collaboration, speed, voice and 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 simpler to manage. Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored via Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services including Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically puts your email, drafts, sent mail and erased messages for all of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you donít have to check separate accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations capability automatically groups related messages to save time keeping track of email threads. The new Quick Look function allows you to preview file attachments including Microsoft Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from within any Outlook view by specifying any item in any field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to import .PST files without third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately detect conflicts. You can also assign more than one category to a calendar event. 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 during the often tedious process of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline address books gives mobile users 24x7 access to contact data. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence data in the Contact Card and launch IM, a video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that allows you to adapt out-of-office notices based on the recipient. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers improved defense against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be read by means of the My Day utility, which enables you to see your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also offers tighter integration with Exchange Server and offers more sophisticated calendaring functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 specialists and Office Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can help your company to enhance your Mac email system to work transparently with Exchange Server so that you can team up with colleagues running Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 allows people to stay on top of email, addresses, calendars, and notes from a single location. Entourage for Mac 2004 can connect to email via IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows clients by allowing workers to access their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to handle messages, look through Exchange's global address list, sync schedules and addresses, and set up conferences. Progent can help you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade smoothly to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Features of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 provides additional utilities to assist you to create, organize, and distribute business information productively. Additional Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can assist you to integrate and maintain include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac to enable Instant Messaging, presence, file sharing, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any computing device that uses MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 people to join in a conversation; message and presence blocking determined by permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, view and annotate photos and documents; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users must have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, available with Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous connections to multiple remote Windows-based PCs or to a remote server console to run externally hosted applications and exchange files. With Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from within Windows applications to any Mac-accessible printer. An advanced desktop protocol improves performance and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a session in case the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves protection 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 configure and maintain a solution for running 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 2011 that enable you to utilize any full-featured web browser on almost any computing device to display, share, and edit documents and files stored remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file validation to guard against file fuzzing exploits, additional file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can assist you to build and maintain a SharePoint web site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from any computer, visit SharePoint consulting.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, rich presence, conferencing and voice calling solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence indicators can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac works in tandem with Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to invite contacts to attend conference calls or start a conference from within Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For details about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services offered by Progent's Lync platform experts, see Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac OS X specialists can assist you to integrate your Apple Macintosh computers and applications into a dependable and secure IT network, set up your Exchange Server to work with the collaborative features of Office Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage, and offer Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a wide range of Microsoft Exchange consulting services including system planning and integration, troubleshooting, protection, wide area connectivity, performance optimization, fault tolerance, plus junk mail and virus filtering.

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