Office for Mac 2011 ConsultantsProgent's specialists in Apple Macintosh technology can help you to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Apple Mac users are able to take advantage of powerful capabilities in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Microsoft Entourage to share information and network resources with fellow workers who run Microsoft Windows-based computers. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the advantages of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to plan and carry out an efficient migration plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can help you to set up a SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 Web App so users can access Office for Mac documents from any full-featured web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA programmers can help you to develop, enhance, or fix Visual Basic for Applications code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent offers integration support for all applications supplied with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 SupportMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View tool enables you to remove non-essential elements to maximize the screen space available for viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of standard and custom templates as well as recently opened documents. Enhanced publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional graphic editing tools that include background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic publishing toolset through the Publishing View that offers more control over layout of words and images and enables users to link text overflow from one area to a specified text box on another page. Other features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference tools that allow various citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help you to evaluate if this restriction might impact your decision to upgrade to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

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

  • Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, speed, graphics editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The new Sparklines capability offers an immediate graphical summary of Excel data via tiny charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format information using icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter data by color and can access multi- selection filters and convenient fast filtering options. Excel Tables (before called Lists) allow you to create multiple groups of associated data for efficient manipulation and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing capabilities and SmartArt images permit you to make polished-looking images without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and offering advanced features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can control access to workbooks via Information Rights Management and share secure workbooks across platforms. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to produce cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many spreadsheet cells as the Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for common applications including company payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can help your business to determine if this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that permits you to read and manipulate on screen in WYSIWYG mode, quickly scale data to fit the right page count, and add headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements provide new color schemes and enable you to utilize the Formatting Palette for quickly updating your chart type, content, fills, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to track down and repair spreadsheet formula problems and manage how AutoFill applies formatting to your data. Editing/function tools enable you to see the correct usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support allows you to employ Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced capabilities in the areas of template management, picture editing, video support, transitions, layer and slide control, timing, collaboration, security, search, speed, and programmability. The Media Browser provides easy access to a wide range of media libraries such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as Clip Art and other graphical content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates as well as recent presentations. Improved image editing features include a background removal tool plus tools for touchup, color, and trimming. You can also embed and format movies from within PowerPoint for Mac to make them an integral part of a show, making it easier to distribute and control sophisticated presentations. You can easily add 3-D slide transitions and are provided with an expanded collection of animations, customizable themes, enhanced chart tools, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted displays into a variety of diagrams. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting options for quick updating. A slider makes it simple to change the size of elements. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch slide shows using an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter Tools that enable you to keep your slide show well timed and let you make mid-show adjustments via the controls displayed in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions permit you to make more engaging slide shows. The font formatting dialog box allows increased precision in specifying typography options such as positioning, size, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been redesigned to provide substantial enhancements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows integration, sharing, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Outlook 20211 for Mac database for email messages, contact information, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and recovered via Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular email services such as Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically places your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted items for each of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you no longer need to check separate accounts and folders. The new Conversations feature automatically groups related messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The new Quick Look feature allows you to view single or multiple file attachments including Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from within any Outlook for Mac view by entering any element in any contact field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac allows you to import .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately spot conflicts. You can also add more than one category to an event. With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice messages into readable text messages and put them into your inbox to cut the time spent during the often tedious process of checking voice messages. Support for offline address books gives mobile users continual access to vital contact data. Running 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 video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office utility that permits you to customize out-of-office messages depending on who receives it. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides improved defense against spam and phishing and offers 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 Mac desktop. Entourage 2008 also offers tighter interaction with Exchange and provides more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can help your company to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so that you can team up with fellow workers running Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps you to manage messages, contacts, schedules, notes, and documents from a consolidated application. Entourage 2004 can access messages via IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Mac OS X and Windows clients by permitting workers to connect to their data on Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize schedules and contacts, and schedule meetings. Progent can assist you to support your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade smoothly to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Features of Office for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes other utilities to assist you to produce, manage, and distribute business information productively. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate 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 for Mac, and Outlook for Mac to support IM, presence, collaboration, and conferencing. Features include the ability to send messages to any device that uses MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 participants to take part in a conference; message and presence filtering determined by allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to share, view and annotate photos and text; emoticon support; and customizable display pictures. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based PCs or to a remote server console to execute hosted applications and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances performance and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect feature restores a session if the network connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication (NLA) 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 configure and manage a system for driving Windows computers from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that enable you to use any full-featured web browser on almost any computing device to view, exchange, and lightly edit files stored online on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and supports mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) protection, file validation to protect against file fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to set up and manage a SharePoint site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint consulting.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade Instant Messaging, presence, conferencing and voice client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence data can be based on calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Lync technology allows users to invite guests to participate conference calls or initiate a conference from within Outlook for Mac or Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting available from Progent's Lync platform specialists, visit Microsoft Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Experts Can Help Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac OS X specialists can help you to integrate your Mac OS X computers and software into a dependable and protected IT network, configure your Exchange Server to support the collaborative capabilities of Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and offer Mac Training for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a wide range of Exchange consulting services such as system design and deployment, troubleshooting, security, remote access, performance tuning, fault tolerance, plus junk mail and virus filtering.

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