Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Support ServicesProgent's experts in Apple Macintosh technology can help your company to set up 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, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage for Mac to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who run Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also help your company to assess the advantages of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Office for Mac and help your company to design and carry out an efficient upgrade strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint experts can assist you to configure a SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 Web App so you can retrieve Office for Mac documents from any standard web browser. Progent's VBA programmers can assist you to develop, update, or fix Microsoft VBA code to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

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

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, image editing, typography, search, collaboration, and automation. The new Focus View tool allows you to remove non-essential content to increase the screen space available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery simplifies management of standard and customized templates as well as recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing tools that include background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing capability via the Publishing View that offers more precision over positioning of words and images and enables users to chain text overflow from a given page to any text box on any page. Additional features built into Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference tools that support a variety of citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help your business to evaluate whether this restriction should affect your decision to migrate to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to tag critical sections, find specified words and phrases, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes feature makes it easier to trace updates and enables you to accept or ignore changes from the comment balloons. Reference Tools allow you to refer to 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 enables you to navigate through your work using the improved document map.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and visualization, speed, image editing, scripting, data protection, and sharing. The new Sparklines capability provides an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel data via tiny charts that fit inside a cell next to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format data using icon sets, bars, and colors. You can sort and filter data by color and use multi- select filters and convenient fast filtering options. Excel Tables (previously called Lists) allow you to make multiple groupings of related data for efficient manipulation and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced speed and closer resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing capabilities and SmartArt images allow you to make professional-looking graphics without requiring extra photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can control access to Excel workbooks via Information Rights Management and collaborate on secure workbooks across operating systems. To enhance collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to produce platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complex calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications such as company payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can assist your business to determine whether this restriction justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that permits you to review and edit in a window exactly what will print, conveniently zoom content to fit the right page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements offer new color schemes and allow you to use the Formatting Palette for instantly revising your chart type, content, fills, weights, and effects. Smart Buttons allow you to find and repair spreadsheet errors and control how AutoFill applies formatting to your data. Additional tools permit you to see the correct syntax for over 140 functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support enables you to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, picture editing, movie support, animated effects, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and automation. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a broad range of media sources such as Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and specialized templates plus recently opened shows. New image editing features include a background removal tool and powerful utilities for touchup, color, and trimming. You can also incorporate and format movies from within PowerPoint to make them an integral part of a presentation, making it easier to distribute and control sophisticated slide shows. You can also add 3-D transitions and are provided with an expanded library of animation effects, customizable themes, improved chart tools, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for organization charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for easily converting bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting options for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to alter the size of elements. A command for sending to Apple's iPhoto allows you to watch presentations using an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to keep your slide show properly timed and allow on-the-fly changes using the tools in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions enable you to create more engaging presentations. A Format Font tool gives you more control in specifying font characteristics such as positioning, style, and transparency.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver significant enhancements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows integration, collaboration, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contact information, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them simpler to control. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be backed up and recovered using Apple Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services including Google Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically places your email, drafts, sent mail and erased messages for all of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you donít need to look through individual email accounts and folders. The Conversations capability groups associated messages to save time tracking and managing threads. The Quick Look feature allows you to view file attachments that can include Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and movies. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from any Outlook for Mac view by entering any item in any contact field.

    To support migration from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac now allows you to import Windows .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately detect conflicts. You can also add more than one category to a calendar event. With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac can convert voice messages into readable text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the task of checking voice mail. New support offline contact data gives users continual access to contact information. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence information in the Contact Card and launch IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages based on who receives it. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides better defense against junk mail and phishing and offers 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 Mac desktop. Entourage 2008 also features closer integration with Microsoft Exchange Server and offers more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can assist you to enhance your Apple Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can collaborate with fellow workers using Microsoft Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 helps people to handle email, contacts, schedules, notes, and documents from a single location. Entourage for Mac 2004 can access messages via IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 enables teamwork between Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows clients by allowing workers to access their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage messages, look through Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize schedules and addresses, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to manage your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

Additional Components of Office for Mac
Office for Mac 2011 includes other tools to help you to create, organize, and share information efficiently. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can assist you to configure and maintain include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to support IM, presence, collaboration, and voice and video conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device set up with MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 participants to join in a conference; IM and presence blocking determined by allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, view and annotate images and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent access to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based personal computers or to a remote server session to execute hosted applications and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you can print from within Windows applications to any Mac-accessible printer. An advanced desktop protocol improves speed and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature recovers a remote session in case the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication enhances security by authenticating users before establishing a full Remote Desktop 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 a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to utilize any standard web browser on virtually any computing device to view, exchange, and lightly edit files held remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows cross-platform teamwork and supports mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) protection, file validation to guard against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can assist you to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from any computer, see SharePoint consulting.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class IM, rich presence, video conferencing and voice solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence awareness indicators can be based on calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask contacts to participate conference calls or initiate a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For more information about Lync Server 2010's features and the support services available from Progent's Lync platform specialists, see Microsoft Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, Cisco-qualified network experts, and Mac OS X support professionals can assist your company to incorporate your Mac OS X computers and applications into a dependable and protected IT network, set up your Exchange Server to support the groupware features of Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a broad array of Exchange consulting services such as system design and deployment, maintenance, protection, remote access, performance optimization, high uptime, and Spam protection and email encryption.

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