Microsoft Office for Mac ConsultantsProgent's specialists in Apple Macintosh technology can help your company to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform environment so that Apple Mac users can benefit from popular capabilities in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Entourage for Mac to share information and peripherals with colleagues who use Windows-based computers. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the benefits of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier release of Office for Mac and help you to design and carry out a smooth migration strategy. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can help your company to set up a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so users can retrieve Office:Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's VBA software developers can assist you to create, update, or fix Visual Basic for Applications programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent provides integration expertise for all applications supplied with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template control, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View tool enables you to remove distracting elements to increase the screen space available for displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies access to built-in and customized templates and recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing features including background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers an extensible toolbar and incorporates a rudimentary publishing toolset through the Publishing Layout View that provides increased control over layout of text and images and allows users to link text overflow from a given area to a specified text box on any page. Other features built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking fonts, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help your business to determine if this restriction should affect your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to tag critical entries, find specified terms, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes feature makes it easier to follow updates and enables you to accept or reject edits from the comments. Reference Utilities allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to browse through your work using the improved thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and charting, speed, image editing, scripting, data protection, and sharing. The new Sparklines capability provides an immediate visual summary of Excel information by means of miniature charts that are displayed within a spreadsheet cell next to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format information using 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 tools. Excel Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to create multiple groupings of associated data for efficient manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced speed and better resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt images permit you to create professional-looking graphics without requiring extra photo-editing tools. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and offering new features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can manage access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management and share protected workbooks across operating systems. To enhance collaboration, Office Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 manages the same number of spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complex formulas. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications such as company payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can help you to determine if this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that enables you to review and edit in a window exactly what will print, quickly zoom content to fit your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements offer additional color combinations and allow you to use the Formatting Palette for instantly revising your chart type, data, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and repair spreadsheet formula problems and control how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your data. Editing/function tools permit you to view the proper usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support enables you to employ XML to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, image touchup, video support, animated effects, layer and slide control, pacing, sharing, security, search, speed, and automation. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide selection of media libraries including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines control of pre-built and specialized templates plus recent presentations. Improved picture editing capabilities include a background deletion function plus tools for touchup, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format videos from inside PowerPoint to make them an integral part of a presentation, making it easier to distribute and manage sophisticated slide shows. You can easily include 3-D slide transitions and are provided with an extensive collection of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart making utilities, and more SmartArt graphics with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for easily converting bulleted displays into a variety of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to change the size of elements. An option for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch presentations with an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter functions that enable you to keep your presentation well paced and allow real-time changes by means of the tools in the presenterís window. Custom animation and 3D transitions permit you to create more dynamic slide shows. The font formatting dialog box provides more precision in selecting font options such as positioning, size, and opacity.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Microsoft Outlook for Mac  ConsultingOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been redesigned to deliver significant enhancements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows coexistence, sharing, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, IM, and rich presence. The Office Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and recovered with Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services including Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now automatically places your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased items for each of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you no longer need to check individual accounts and folders. The Conversations feature groups associated messages to save time tracking and managing email threads. The Quick Look feature enables you to preview single or multiple file attachments including Microsoft Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from any Outlook for Mac view by entering any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now allows you to copy Windows .PST files without third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately spot conflicts. You can also add more than one category to a calendar event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac can convert voice mail to readable text messages and add them to your inbox to cut the time spent during the often tedious process of reviewing voice messages. New support offline address books gives users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence information in the Contact Card and initiate Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that allows you to customize out-of-office notices depending on who receives it. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides better filters against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be read via the My Day tool, which allows you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers tighter interaction with Exchange and provides more sophisticated scheduling functions. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac consultants can help your company to enhance your Apple Mac messaging solution to work seamlessly with Exchange so you can team up with fellow workers using Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for people to handle email, contacts, schedules, and notes from a single location. Entourage 2004 can connect to email using IMAP, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage 2004 facilitates collaboration between Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows clients by permitting users to connect to their accounts on Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list, synchronize calendars and contacts, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to manage your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade smoothly to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Components of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to assist you to create, organize, and share information productively. Additional Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can assist you to configure and support 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 for Mac to support IM, presence, file sharing, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device that uses MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 people to take part in a conference; IM and presence blocking based on allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to share, view and comment on photos and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Messenger for Mac 8 users must have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based PCs or to a remote network server to execute hosted programs and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from within Windows applications to any Mac-accessible printer. A new desktop protocol improves speed and compatibility with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability restores a session in case the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves security by authenticating users prior to establishing a full connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to configure and maintain a system for running Windows computers from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to utilize any standard web browser running on almost any computer or smartphone to display, share, and edit documents and files held online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows cross-platform teamwork and helps mobile workers. 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) support, Office file authentication to protect against file fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can help you to set up and maintain a SharePoint site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, presence, video conferencing and voice solution included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence indicators can be determined by calendar data, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft 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 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 desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For details about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services available from Progent's Lync technology specialists, visit Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-qualified network engineers, and Mac OS X support professionals can assist you to incorporate your Apple Mac OS X computers and applications into a robust and secure information network, set up your Exchange Server to work with the groupware capabilities of Outlook for Mac and Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also provide a broad range of Exchange support services including system design and deployment, maintenance, security, wide area connectivity, performance optimization, high uptime, and spam and virus blocking.

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