Microsoft Office for Mac ConsultantsProgent's experts in Apple Macintosh technology can help you to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Mac users are able to take advantage of powerful capabilities in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Microsoft Entourage in order to share information and network resources with colleagues who run Windows-powered computers. Progent can also help your company to assess the benefits of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Office for Mac and help your company to plan and execute an efficient migration strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint experts can help your company to set up a SharePoint site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so users can access Office:Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's VBA software developers can help your company to create, update, or fix Microsoft VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

Progent offers consulting expertise for all applications supplied with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and automation. The new Focus View tool allows you to remove distracting elements to increase the screen space available for displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of standard and customized templates as well as recently opened documents. Enhanced publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive image editing tools including background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers an extensible toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing capability via the Publishing Layout View that offers more precision in the layout of text and images and enables you to link text overflow from a given page to a specified text box on any page. Additional capabilities built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that support a variety of citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can assist your business to evaluate if this restriction should impact your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to tag important sections, find key terms, and add date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to trace updates and allows you to approve or reject edits from the comment balloons. Reference Utilities permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to browse through your work using the convenient thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, performance, graphics editing, scripting, security, and collaboration. The new Sparklines capability provides an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel data via miniature charts that fit inside a spreadsheet cell next to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format information with icon sets, data bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter information by color and use multiple- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Tables (previously called Lists) enable you to create multiple groupings of associated information for efficient editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to create professional-looking images without the use of extra photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has returned, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing advanced capabilities such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to Excel workbooks via Information Rights Management and share protected workbooks across operating systems. To improve sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to create cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common applications including company payroll. As with the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help you to evaluate if this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that permits you to review and edit on screen in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently scale content to match your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting enhancements provide additional color schemes and enable you to use the Formatting Palette for instantly updating your chart class, content, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons enable you to find and repair spreadsheet formula problems and control how the AutoFill feature formats your content. Editing/function tools permit you to view the correct usage for over 140 functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML file support permits you to employ XML to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, picture touchup, movie support, animated effects, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, protection, search, speed, and programmability. The Media Browser allows convenient access to a broad selection of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as Clip Art and other graphical data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates plus recently opened presentations. New picture editing capabilities include a background removal tool and tools for touchup, coloring, and trimming. You can also incorporate and format videos from within PowerPoint for Mac to make them an integral part of a presentation, making it easier to share and control sophisticated slide shows. You can easily include 3-D transitions and have access to an expanded collection of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt graphics with new layouts for organization charts and image diagrams.

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

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter functions that enable you to make your presentation well paced and let you make real-time adjustments via the controls displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and 3D transitions permit you to make more dynamic presentations. The Format Font tool provides more control in selecting font characteristics such as positioning, size, and transparency.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  Support ServicesOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial improvements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, sharing, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Office Outlook for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be backed up and recovered with Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services such as Google Gmail, Microsoft 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 unified folders so you donít need to look through individual email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations feature automatically groups associated messages to save time tracking and managing threads. The new Quick Look function allows you to preview file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and videos. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from any Outlook 2011 view by entering any item in any field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to copy Windows .PST files without third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can transform voice mail to text messages and put them into your inbox to save time during the often tedious task of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives users 24x7 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 new Outlook for Mac contact card and initiate Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office assistant that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages based on the recipient. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides better defense against spam and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be read by means of the My Day utility, which enables you to view your day's events and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage 2008 also features tighter interaction with Exchange and provides more sophisticated scheduling functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac engineers can help your company to upgrade your Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can collaborate with fellow workers using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps people to manage email, contacts, calendars, and notes from a central location. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can access email via IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Apple Mac OS X and Windows clients by permitting workers to connect to their data on Exchange Server to manage messages, look through Exchange's global address list, sync calendars and contacts, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to manage your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac.

Other Components of Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 includes additional utilities to assist you to produce, manage, and share business information productively. Additional Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 to support Instant Messaging, presence, file sharing, and conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of up to 15 people to take part in a conversation; message and presence filtering based on permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, display and comment on images and documents; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Messenger for Mac users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, included in Office for Mac 2011 and intended for operation with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous access to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server console to run externally hosted applications and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you can print from within Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances performance and integration with Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect feature recovers a session if the network connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication improves security by verifying users prior to establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent can assist you to set up and maintain a system for driving Windows-based PCs from a Mac, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to use any full-featured browser on almost any computer or smartphone to view, share, and edit files held online on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits platform-independent collaboration and supports mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include DEP protection, file authentication to guard against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can help you to build and maintain a SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint support.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, presence, video conferencing and voice calling client 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 works in conjunction with Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to invite guests to participate conference calls or start a conference directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For details about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology experts, see Microsoft Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac OS X specialists can assist your company to integrate your Mac OS X systems and software into a dependable and secure information network, configure your Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and provide Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also provide a wide array of Exchange support services such as system planning and installation, maintenance, security, remote access, performance optimization, high availability, plus junk mail and virus filtering.

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