Microsoft Office for Mac IntegrationProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist your company to set up Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform network so that Apple Mac users are able to benefit from powerful features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage to share data and network resources with fellow workers who use Microsoft Windows-based computers. Progent can also assist your company to assess the advantages of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Office for Mac and assist you to design and execute a smooth migration plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can help your company to set up a Microsoft SharePoint site to support Office 2011 Web App so you can access Office:Mac documents from a full-featured web browser. Progent's VBA software developers can assist you to create, enhance, or troubleshoot VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Microsoft VBA.

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

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsWord for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of viewing, template control, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, search, sharing, and automation. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to eliminate distracting content to maximize the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines management of standard and customized templates as well as recent documents. Improved publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive graphic editing tools including a background removal tool.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing toolset through the Publishing View that provides increased control in the layout of text and images and allows users to chain text overflow from one page to any text box on another page. Other features built into Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference utilities that support a variety of citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can help you to evaluate if this limitation might affect your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to flag critical entries, search for specified words and phrases, and record time-stamped voice recordings into your notes as you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to follow edits and allows you to accept or reject edits from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's discontinued Microsoft Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to scan through your document using the convenient map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, performance, graphics editing, scripting, data protection, and sharing. The new Sparklines feature provides an immediate visual representation of Excel information via miniature charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the summarized values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information using icon sets, data bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter data by color and can access multiple- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Excel Tables (before called Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of associated data for efficient editing and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced speed and closer resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to make polished-looking graphics without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can control access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management and collaborate on protected workbooks across platforms. To enhance collaboration, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to create platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complicated calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications such as company payroll. As with the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can help your business to evaluate if this limitation justifies an upgrade to Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to review and manipulate on screen in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently scale content to match the right number of pages, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements provide new color schemes and allow you to utilize the Formatting Palette for instantly updating your chart type, data, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons enable you to find and fix spreadsheet problems and manage how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your data. Editing/function tools allow you to see the proper usage for over 140 functions, and intuitively change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support permits you to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template management, image editing, movie support, transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, protection, search, speed, and scripting. The Media Browser allows convenient access to a wide range of media libraries such as Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus Clip Art and other graphical data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines control of built-in and specialized templates as well as recent shows. Improved picture editing capabilities include a background deletion tool plus powerful utilities for correction, color, and trimming. You can also incorporate and format videos from within PowerPoint to make them a part of a show, making it easier to distribute and control complex presentations. You can also include 3-D slide transitions and have access to an expanded library of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt images with new sets of organization charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for easily converting bulleted lists into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting controls for quick updating. A slider makes it simple to change the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to view presentations with an iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter Tools that permit you to make your presentation well timed and let you make real-time changes via the tools in the presenterís window. Custom animation and transitions permit you to create more engaging presentations. A font formatting tool allows increased precision in specifying typography characteristics including spacing, size, and opacity.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been re-architected to provide significant improvements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows integration, collaboration, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored with Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular email services including Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for all of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you donít need to look through individual accounts and folders. The new Conversations capability automatically groups associated messages to save time keeping track of email threads. The Quick Look feature enables you to view file attachments that can include Office or PDF files, graphics, and videos. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from within any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Office Outlook for Mac allows you to import Windows .PST files without the need of third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately spot conflicts. You can also assign more than one category to a calendar event. With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can convert voice messages into text messages and put them into your inbox to save time going through the task of reviewing voice messages. New support offline address books gives users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence data in the new Contact Card and initiate IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that permits you to customize out-of-office notices based on who receives it. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides better defense against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do notes that can be read by means of the My Day tool, which allows you to view your day's events and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers closer interaction with Microsoft Exchange and offers more powerful calendaring functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac engineers can assist you to enhance your Mac email solution to work seamlessly with Exchange so that you can team up with fellow workers running Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for people to handle messages, contacts, schedules, and notes from a consolidated application. Entourage for Mac 2004 can connect to email using IMAP, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows clients by permitting users to connect to their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage email, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync schedules and contacts, and schedule meetings. Progent can assist you to maintain your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

Other Components of Microsoft Office for Mac
Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to help you to produce, organize, and distribute business information efficiently. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can assist you to integrate and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to support IM, presence, collaboration, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to send messages to any device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of up to 15 participants to take part in a conference; message and presence blocking based on permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, view and comment on 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 Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous access to multiple remote Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server console to run externally hosted applications and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from within Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances speed and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability restores a remote session in case the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication enhances protection by authenticating users before establishing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to set up and manage a solution for running Windows PCs from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to utilize any standard browser on virtually any computer or smartphone to view, exchange, and lightly edit files held remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This allows platform-independent teamwork and supports mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include DEP protection, file validation to protect against file fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can help your business to build and manage a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, see SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level Instant Messaging, rich presence, video conferencing and voice client included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac runs in tandem with Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to ask guests to participate conferences or start a conference directly from Outlook for Mac or Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing features include descriptive roster results. For more information about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services available from Progent's Lync platform experts, visit Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Experts Can Support You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac support professionals can assist you to incorporate your Apple Mac OS X computers and software into a robust and protected information network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the groupware features of Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and provide Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a broad array of Microsoft Exchange support services such as system planning and deployment, maintenance, protection, remote connectivity, performance tuning, high uptime, and Spam filtering and email encryption.

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