Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 IntegrationProgent's specialists in Mac OS X technology can assist your company to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Mac users can benefit from popular features in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Office:Outlook or Entourage for Mac to share information and peripherals with colleagues who run Windows-powered systems. Progent can also help your company to evaluate the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Office for Mac and help your company to plan and carry out a smooth migration plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can assist your company to configure a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 Web App so you can retrieve Office:Mac files from a full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications software developers can assist your company to develop, enhance, or fix Visual Basic for Applications code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Visual Basic for Applications.

Progent provides consulting expertise for all applications that come with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of viewing, template management, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, sharing, and programmability. The innovative Focus View feature allows you to eliminate distracting content to maximize the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies access to standard and customized templates and recently opened documents. Enhanced publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional image editing features including background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has an extensible toolbar and incorporates a rudimentary publishing toolset through the Publishing View that provides more control in the layout of words and images and enables you to link text overflow from one area to a specified text box on another page. Additional capabilities available in Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference tools that support a variety of citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can assist you to determine if this limitation might impact your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that enables you to flag important sections, find specified words and phrases, and add time-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to follow updates and enables you to accept or reject changes from the comments. 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 enables you to navigate through your work with the improved document map.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and visualization, performance, image editing, programmability, security, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines feature offers an instantaneous visual representation of Excel information by means of miniature charts that fit inside a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data with icon sets, data bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter data by color and can access multiple- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Tables (before known as Lists) enable you to create multiple groups of related data for easy manipulation and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced speed and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt images permit you to make professional-looking graphics without the use of outside photo-editing tools. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management and collaborate on secure workbooks across operating systems. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to create cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many spreadsheet cells as the Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complex formulas. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common applications including payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help you to evaluate 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 edit on screen exactly what will print, quickly scale data to match the right number of pages, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting enhancements provide new color combinations and enable you to utilize the Formatting Tool for quickly revising your chart class, content, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and fix spreadsheet formula problems and control how AutoFill applies formatting to your content. Editing/function 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 share complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template management, picture editing, video support, animations and transitions, layer and slide control, timing, collaboration, security, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows easy access to a broad range of media libraries including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as shapes, Clip Art and other graphical content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies management of pre-built and specialized templates as well as recently opened shows. New image editing features include a background removal tool and tools for correction, 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-dimensional transitions and are provided with an extensive library of animation effects, customizable themes, improved chart tools, and more SmartArt images with new sets of org charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted lists into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting options for fast detailing. A slider makes it simple to alter the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch slide shows with an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter Tools that enable you to make your slide show well timed and let you make mid-show changes via the tools displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and transitions allow you to create more dynamic slide shows. A font formatting tool offers more precision in selecting font characteristics including positioning, size, and transparency.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  ConsultingMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to provide significant enhancements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, IM, and rich presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contacts, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and restored with Apple 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, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for all of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you donít have to check individual email accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations capability groups associated messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The Quick Look function allows you to preview single or multiple file attachments including Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and videos. The new Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from within any Outlook view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To support migration from Windows to OS X, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to copy Windows .PST files without third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately detect scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to an event. With Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice messages to text messages and add them to your inbox to cut the time spent during the often tedious task of checking voice mail. New support offline contact data 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 view presence data in the new Contact Card and initiate Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office notices based on the recipient. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides improved filters against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be read via the My Day utility, which allows you to see your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features closer integration with Exchange Server and offers more sophisticated scheduling capabilities. Progent's Entourage 2008 specialists and Office Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can help you to upgrade your Apple Mac email system to work transparently with Exchange so that you can collaborate with fellow workers using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to manage messages, contacts, calendars, notes, and documents from a single location. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can connect to messages using IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Mac OS X and Windows clients by permitting workers to access their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage messages, look through Exchange's global address list, synchronize calendars and addresses, and schedule meetings. Progent can assist you to maintain your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate smoothly to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

Other Features of Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 includes other utilities to help you to produce, manage, and share business information efficiently. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and maintain include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac to support IM, presence awareness, file sharing, and conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 participants to take part in a conversation; IM and presence blocking determined by allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, view and comment on photos and documents; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Messenger for Mac users need to have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, included in Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous access to multiple remote Windows-based personal computers or to a remote network server to run externally hosted programs and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you can print from within Microsoft Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol improves performance and compatibility with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a remote session in case the network connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication improves protection by authenticating users before allowing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent can assist you to set up and maintain a system for running Windows-based computers from Mac OS X, visit Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to utilize any standard web browser on virtually any computing device to display, share, and edit files held remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows cross-platform teamwork and supports mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file authentication to guard against file fuzzing exploits, additional file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can assist your business to build and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, visit SharePoint consulting.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, rich presence, conferencing and voice calling client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in tandem with either Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask guests to attend conferences or initiate a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync platform specialists, visit Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support You with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac support professionals can assist your company to incorporate your Mac OS X computers and software into a robust and secure information network, set up your Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and provide Mac Training for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac. Progent can also provide a broad array of Microsoft Exchange support services including system design and deployment, maintenance, protection, wide area connectivity, performance optimization, high uptime, and spam and malware blocking.

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