Microsoft Office for Mac IntegrationProgent's experts in Mac OS X technology can help you to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Mac users are able to benefit from powerful features in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage for Mac in order to share information and network resources with colleagues who use Windows-powered systems. Progent can also assist you to assess the advantages of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier release of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to plan and execute a smooth upgrade strategy. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can assist you to set up 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 Visual Basic for Applications programmers can assist you to create, enhance, or troubleshoot Visual Basic for Applications code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Microsoft VBA.

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

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 SupportWord for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of document viewing, template control, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, search, sharing, and programmability. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to eliminate non-essential content to maximize the screen space dedicated to viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and custom templates and recent documents. Improved publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional image editing features that include a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has a customizable toolbar and introduced a rudimentary desktop publishing capability through the Publishing View that provides more control in the layout of words and graphics and allows users to chain text overflow from one area to any text box on any page. Additional capabilities available in Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can help you to evaluate if this limitation might impact your decision to migrate to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to flag critical sections, search for specified words and phrases, and add time-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to trace edits and enables you to accept or ignore changes from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to navigate through your document with the improved thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and visualization, speed, graphics editing, programmability, security, and collaboration. The innovative Sparklines feature offers an immediate visual representation of Excel information via tiny charts that fit inside a spreadsheet cell next to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data using icon libraries, data bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter information by color and can access multiple- select filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Excel Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related data for efficient manipulation and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. Improved editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to create professional-looking graphics without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing advanced features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging utility. You can control access to workbooks via Information Rights Management and share protected workbooks across platforms. To improve sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many spreadsheet cells as the Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complex calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications such as 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 experts can assist you to determine whether this limitation justifies an upgrade to Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that enables you to read and manipulate on screen exactly what will print, quickly scale data to match your desired number of pages, and add headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements provide new color combinations and allow you to use the Formatting Tool for instantly revising your chart class, data, fills, weights, and effects. Smart Buttons allow you to track down and fix spreadsheet problems and manage how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your data. Editing/function tools enable you to view the correct usage for a library of functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support enables you to utilize XML to share complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template management, picture editing, video support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, pacing, collaboration, protection, search, performance, and programmability. The Media Browser provides easy access to a broad range of media libraries including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies management of pre-built and specialized templates plus recent presentations. New image editing features include a background removal tool plus tools for correction, color, and trimming. You can also incorporate and format movies from within PowerPoint to make them an integral part of a show, making it easier to share and manage complex presentations. You can also include 3-D transitions and are provided with an expanded collection of animation effects, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt graphics with new layouts for org charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly converting bulleted lists into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox organizes formatting controls for quick updating. A slider makes it easy to change the size of elements. A command for exporting to iPhoto enables you to watch slide shows using an Apple iPod or iPad. 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 well timed and allow on-the-fly changes using the tools displayed in the presenterís window. Animation and 3D transitions allow you to create more engaging presentations. The font formatting dialog box provides increased precision in specifying typography options including spacing, size, and transparency.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Microsoft Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial enhancements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restoration, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, IM, and rich presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email messages, 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 copied and recovered via Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services including Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now places your email, drafts, sent mail and erased messages for each of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you no longer need to look through separate accounts and folders. The new Conversations capability automatically groups related messages to simplify tracking and managing threads. The new Quick Look function enables you to preview file attachments including Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from within any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any element in any field.

    To support moving from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to import .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can quickly uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also assign more than one category to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice messages to text messages and put them into your inbox to save time during the often tedious task of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline address books gives users 24x7 access to vital 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 Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that allows you to adapt out-of-office notices depending on the recipient. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 offers improved defense against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be accessed by means of the My Day tool, which allows you to see your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also offers closer integration with Microsoft Exchange Server and provides more sophisticated calendaring functions. Progent's Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can assist you to enhance your Apple Mac email solution to work transparently with Exchange so that you can collaborate with fellow workers running Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 allows people to manage messages, contacts, calendars, and notes from a central application. Entourage 2004 can connect to email using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows clients by permitting workers to connect to their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage email, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize schedules and contacts, and schedule meetings. Progent can assist you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate smoothly to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Components of Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other utilities to assist you to create, manage, and share information productively. Additional Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook 2011 to support IM, presence awareness, collaboration, and conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 people to join in a conference; IM and presence filtering based on permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, display and comment on images and documents; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Microsoft Messenger for Mac users must have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent access to multiple remote Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server console to execute externally hosted programs and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection you can print from Microsoft Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances speed and compatibility with Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability restores a remote session if the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) enhances protection by authenticating users before establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent can assist you to set up and maintain a solution for driving Windows-based computers from Mac OS X, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to use any full-featured web browser on almost any computing device to view, exchange, and lightly edit files held online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows cross-platform collaboration and helps mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) protection, Office file authentication to protect against file fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can assist you to build and maintain a SharePoint web site to work with Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from virtually any computer, visit SharePoint support.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, rich presence, conferencing and voice client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence awareness data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in tandem with 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 invite contacts to participate conference calls or start a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For more information about Lync Server 2010's features and the support services offered by Progent's Lync technology specialists, visit Microsoft Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-qualified network engineers, and Mac support professionals can help you to integrate your Apple Mac OS X computers and software into a dependable and secure information network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the groupware features of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Microsoft Entourage, and offer Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a broad range of Microsoft Exchange consulting services such as system planning and deployment, maintenance, protection, wide area access, performance tuning, high availability, plus spam and virus blocking.

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