Office for Mac ConsultantsProgent's experts in Mac OS X technology can help you to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Mac users can take advantage of powerful features in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage to share information and network resources with fellow workers who run Windows-based systems. Progent can also help you to assess the advantages of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior release of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to design and carry out an efficient upgrade strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint experts can help you to set up a SharePoint web site to support Office 2011 Web App so you can retrieve Office for Mac documents from a standard web browser. Progent's VBA programmers can assist you to develop, enhance, or troubleshoot VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Visual Basic for Applications.

Progent provides integration support for all applications that come with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of document viewing, template management, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and automation. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to remove non-essential content to maximize the screen area available for displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines access to built-in and customized templates and recently opened documents. Enhanced desktop publishing capabilities include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and additional image editing features including background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has an extensible toolbar and introduced a basic publishing capability via the Publishing View that provides increased precision in the layout of text and graphics and allows users to chain text overflow from a given area to any text box on another page. Other features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that allow 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 your business to evaluate whether this restriction might impact your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that allows you to tag critical entries, find specified terms, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes as you write. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to follow updates and enables you to accept or reject edits from the comment balloons. Reference Tools permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to navigate through your work with the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, performance, image editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines feature provides an instantaneous visual representation of Excel information by means of miniature charts that are displayed within a cell adjacent to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format information with icon libraries, bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter data by color and can access multi- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) allow you to make multiple groupings of associated information for efficient manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and closer resemblance with Windows versions of Office Excel. Improved editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to make professional-looking images without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing advanced features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can control access to Excel workbooks via Information Rights Management and share protected workbooks across platforms. To improve collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to create cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of spreadsheet cells as the Windows version of Excel and introduced 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 popular applications such as payroll. As with the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can assist your business to evaluate if this restriction justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that enables you to review and manipulate in a window in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently scale data to match your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting enhancements provide additional color schemes and allow 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 repair spreadsheet formula errors and manage how AutoFill applies formatting to your data. Additional tools enable you to view the proper syntax for a library of functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML file support permits you to use Extensible Markup Language to share data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, picture editing, movie support, animated effects, layer and slide control, timing, sharing, security, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a broad range of media libraries such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as shapes, Clip Art and other graphical data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines control of built-in and custom templates plus recent shows. New image editing capabilities include a background deletion tool and powerful utilities for touchup, color, and cropping. You can also incorporate and format videos from inside PowerPoint to make them an integral part of a presentation, making it simpler to share and control sophisticated presentations. You can also add 3-dimensional transitions and have access to an extensive library of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt images with new sets of organization charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for easily converting bulleted lists into a variety of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to change the size of objects. A command for exporting to iPhoto enables you to view slide shows using an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter functions that permit you to keep your presentation well paced and let you make mid-show changes by means of the controls in the presenterís window. Custom animation and 3D transitions allow you to make more dynamic slide shows. The Format Font dialog box offers increased precision in selecting typography options such as spacing, size, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver substantial enhancements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, sharing, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them easier to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and restored with Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now automatically puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for all of your mailboxes in unified folders so you donít need to check individual accounts and folders. The Conversations capability automatically groups related messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The new Quick Look feature allows you to preview single or multiple file attachments that can include Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and movies. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any item in any field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to OS X, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to import .PST files without third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately spot conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to an event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice mail to text messages and put them into your inbox to save time during the often tedious process of checking voice mail. Support for offline contact data gives mobile users continual access to contact information. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft 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 without leaving Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that permits you to customize out-of-office notices depending on the recipient. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides improved filters against spam and phishing and offers To Do notes that can be accessed by means of the My Day tool, which enables you to see your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also offers closer interaction with Exchange Server and provides more powerful scheduling functions. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac engineers can assist you to enhance your Mac email system to work transparently with Exchange Server so you can team up with fellow workers using Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 allows people to manage messages, contacts, schedules, and notes from a central application. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can connect to email using IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows users by allowing workers to connect to their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list, synchronize calendars and addresses, and schedule conferences. Progent can help you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade smoothly to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Components of Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to help you to create, manage, and share information efficiently. Additional Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can help you to configure and maintain include:

  • 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 2011 to support IM, presence, file sharing, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 participants to take part in a conversation; IM and presence blocking determined by permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, display and annotate images and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous connections to multiple remote Windows-based personal computers or to a remote network server to execute externally hosted applications and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from within Microsoft Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. A new protocol enhances speed and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability restores a session if the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication enhances protection by verifying users before allowing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can help you to set up and manage a solution for driving Windows computers from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 support services.
  • Web Apps are companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to use any standard browser on virtually any computing device to display, exchange, and edit documents and files stored remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention support, Office file authentication to guard against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can help you to set up and manage a SharePoint site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for co-authoring from any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint support.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level IM, rich presence, conferencing and voice calling client included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be based on calendar data, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with either Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to invite guests to participate conferences or initiate a conference from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For more information about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services available from Progent's Lync technology experts, visit Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac support professionals can help you to incorporate your Mac OS X computers and software into a robust and secure information network, configure your Exchange Server to support the groupware features of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Microsoft Entourage for Mac, and provide Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a wide range of Exchange consulting services including system design and installation, maintenance, security, wide area access, performance optimization, high uptime, plus spam and malware filtering.

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