Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Support ServicesProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist you to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform environment so that Apple Mac users are able to take advantage of popular features in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage in order to share data and peripherals with colleagues who use Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also help your company to evaluate the advantages of moving to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Office for Mac and help your company to plan and carry out an efficient upgrade strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can help your company to set up a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Office 2011 Web App so users can access Office for Mac files from a full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications software developers can assist you to develop, enhance, or fix Microsoft VBA code to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

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

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 SupportMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of viewing, template control, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, document search, sharing, and programmability. The new Focus View tool enables you to remove distracting elements to maximize the screen area available for viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to built-in and custom templates as well as recent documents. Improved desktop publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive graphic editing tools including background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that offers an extensible toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing capability via the Publishing View that offers increased control in the positioning of text and graphics and enables users to link text overflow from one area to any text box on any page. Other capabilities available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking fonts, and reference tools that support various citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can assist your business to determine if this limitation might affect your decision to upgrade to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to tag important sections, search for key terms, and record date-stamped audio into your notes as you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to trace edits and enables you to accept or ignore changes 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 document using the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and charting, speed, image editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The innovative Sparklines capability offers an immediate graphical representation of Excel data via miniature charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format data using icon libraries, bars, and colors. You can sort and filter data by color and use multi- selection filters and convenient quick filtering tools. Excel Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of associated information for easy manipulation and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and better compatibility with Windows versions of Office Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics allow you to create polished-looking images without the use of extra photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing new features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and share protected workbooks across platforms. To improve collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to create platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without having to distinguish between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complicated formulas. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common tasks such as company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can help you to evaluate if this restriction justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that enables you to read and edit in a window exactly what will print, quickly scale content to fit your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements provide additional color combinations and enable you to use the Formatting Tool for quickly revising your chart class, data, fills, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons allow you to track down and fix spreadsheet formula errors and manage how the AutoFill feature formats your data. Additional tools permit you to see the proper usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support allows you to use XML to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template management, picture editing, movie support, animated effects, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, security, search, performance, and programmability. The Media Browser provides convenient access to a broad selection of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and custom templates plus recent presentations. New image editing features include a background removal function and tools for correction, color, and trimming. 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 manage complex slide shows. You can easily include 3-dimensional transitions and are provided with an extensive library of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for org charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for easily converting bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A zoom slider makes it simple to change the size of objects. A command for exporting to iPhoto enables you to view slide shows with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that permit you to make your slide show properly timed and allow real-time changes using the controls displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and 3D transitions permit you to make more engaging slide shows. A Format Font tool allows increased precision in specifying font options including positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  Support ServicesOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been redesigned to provide substantial enhancements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, sharing, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, IM, and presence. The Outlook 20211 for Mac database for email messages, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them easier to manage. Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and able to be backed up and recovered using Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services such as Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted items for all of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you donít have to look through separate email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations capability groups associated messages to simplify tracking and managing email threads. The Quick Look function enables you to preview single or multiple file attachments including 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 moving from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to import Windows .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately spot conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft 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 process of reviewing voice messages. New support offline contact data gives mobile users 24x7 access to contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the new Contact Card and launch IM, a video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 features an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office notices based on the recipient. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 provides improved defense against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be accessed via the My Day tool, which enables you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features closer integration with Exchange and provides more sophisticated scheduling functions. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can assist you to enhance your Apple Mac email solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can team up with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to manage email, addresses, schedules, and notes from a central application. Entourage for Mac 2004 can connect to messages using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Mac OS X and Windows clients by allowing workers to connect to their data on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync calendars and contacts, and schedule meetings. Progent can help you to support your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac.

Other Features of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes additional tools to help you to create, manage, and distribute business information productively. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can help you to configure and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook 2011 to support Instant Messaging, presence, file sharing, plus conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any device that uses MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 participants to join in a conference; IM and presence blocking determined by permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to share, view and annotate images and documents; 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, included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent connections to multiple remote Windows-based PCs or to a remote server console to run externally hosted applications and exchange files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you can print from within Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances speed and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect feature recovers a remote session if the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves protection by verifying users before establishing a full connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to configure and maintain a system for running Windows PCs from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Web Apps are companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to utilize any standard browser on almost any computing device to display, exchange, and lightly edit documents and files stored remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This allows platform-independent teamwork and supports mobile users. For business use, Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include DEP protection, Office file validation to guard against fuzzing exploits, additional file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can help your business to set up and manage a SharePoint web site to support Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for co-authoring from virtually any computer, see SharePoint consulting.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class IM, rich presence, video conferencing and voice client included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence awareness indicators can be based on calendar data, login status, or specified by the user. Lync for Mac runs in tandem with either Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to ask contacts to participate conferences or start a conference directly from Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing features include descriptive roster results. For details about Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting available from Progent's Lync platform experts, visit Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac OS X specialists can help you to incorporate your Mac OS X systems and software into a robust and protected information network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the groupware capabilities of Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage, and offer Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a broad range of Exchange consulting services such as system planning and integration, maintenance, security, remote access, performance tuning, service continuity, and Spam filtering and email encryption.

Contact Progent If You Need MS Office for Mac OS X Consulting
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