Office for Mac 2011 ConsultantsProgent's experts in Mac OS X technology can help your company to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Mac users can take advantage of powerful capabilities in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage for Mac to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who use Microsoft Windows-powered systems. Progent can also assist you to assess the advantages of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to design and execute an efficient migration plan. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can help your company to configure a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so users can access Office for Mac files from a full-featured web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA software developers can help your company to create, enhance, or troubleshoot VBA programs to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent provides consulting expertise for all applications supplied with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of document viewing, template management, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, search, collaboration, and programmability. The new Focus View feature enables you to eliminate distracting content to maximize the screen space dedicated to displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery simplifies access to built-in and custom templates and 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.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing capability via the Publishing View that provides more precision over layout of text and images and allows users to chain text overflow from one page to a specified text box on any page. Additional capabilities built into Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference tools that support various citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can help your business to determine whether this restriction should impact your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to flag critical entries, find key terms, and add date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to follow edits and enables you to approve or reject edits from the comment balloons. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to scan through your work using the improved document map.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac HelpExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, speed, image editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The new Sparklines feature provides an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel data by means of miniature charts that are displayed inside a spreadsheet cell next to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format data with icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter information by color and can access multiple- select filters and new quick filtering tools. Tables (previously called Lists) enable you to create multiple groups of associated data for easy editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced speed and closer resemblance with Windows versions of Office Excel. Improved editing tools and SmartArt images allow you to make polished-looking graphics without the use of extra photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing new features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging utility. You can control access to Excel workbooks via Information Rights Management and share protected workbooks across operating systems. To enhance sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to create platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complex formulas. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for popular applications such as payroll. As with the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can assist your business to determine whether this restriction justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to review and edit on screen exactly what will print, quickly scale content to fit the right page count, and add headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements provide new color schemes and enable you to use the Formatting Tool for quickly revising your chart class, data, fills, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons enable you to find and fix spreadsheet formula errors and manage how AutoFill formats your data. Additional tools permit you to see the correct usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support permits you to utilize Extensible Markup Language to share complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template organization and customization, image touchup, movie support, animations and transitions, layer and slide control, timing, collaboration, protection, search, performance, and automation. The Media Browser allows convenient access to a broad selection of media libraries including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as shapes, Clip Art and other graphical data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies control of pre-built and custom templates plus recently opened shows. Improved image editing capabilities include a background deletion function and tools for touchup, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format videos from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them an integral part of a presentation, making it simpler to share and manage sophisticated presentations. You can also include 3-dimensional slide transitions and have access to an extensive collection of animations, customizable themes, improved chart making utilities, and more SmartArt graphics with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted lists into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A zoom slider makes it easy to change the size of elements. An option for sending to Apple's iPhoto allows you to view slide shows with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that enable you to keep your presentation well paced and let you make on-the-fly adjustments via the controls in the presenterís window. Animation and 3D transitions permit you to create more dynamic presentations. A Format Font tool allows increased control in selecting typography options including positioning, style, and transparency.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been redesigned to provide significant improvements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, sharing, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Office Outlook for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them simpler to manage. Office Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored using Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services including Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for all of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you donít need to look through individual email accounts and folders. The Conversations capability automatically groups related messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The new Quick Look function allows you to preview file attachments that can include Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and videos. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from any Outlook 2011 view by entering any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to copy Windows .PST files without third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can quickly spot scheduling conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice mail to text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the often tedious process of checking voice messages. Support for offline contact data 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 information in the Outlook for Mac contact card and launch IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office assistant that allows you to customize out-of-office notices depending on the recipient. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 offers better defense against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be accessed by means of the My Day tool, which allows you to see your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features tighter integration with Microsoft Exchange and provides more powerful scheduling functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac consultants can help you to upgrade your Mac email system to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can team up with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 helps you to manage messages, addresses, calendars, notes, and documents from a single application. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can access email using IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Windows clients by allowing workers to access their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage email, look through Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and contacts, and set up conferences. Progent can assist you to maintain your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Features of Microsoft Office for Mac
Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to assist you to create, organize, and share business information efficiently. Additional Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can help you to integrate and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 to enable Instant Messaging, presence, collaboration, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device set up with MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 participants to take part in a conversation; message and presence filtering based on permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, display and annotate images and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Office for Mac 2011 and intended for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous access to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered personal computers or to a remote server console to execute externally hosted applications and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new protocol enhances performance and integration with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a remote session in case the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves protection by verifying users before establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent can assist you to set up and maintain a solution for driving Windows PCs from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to utilize any standard web browser on almost any computer or smartphone to view, share, and edit files held online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This permits cross-platform collaboration and supports mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file authentication to guard against fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can help your business to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from any computer, see SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class IM, presence, conferencing and voice calling solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence indicators can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to ask guests to attend conferences or initiate a meeting from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For more information about Lync Server 2010's features and the support services offered by Progent's Lync platform experts, see Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, Cisco-certified network engineers, and Mac OS X specialists can assist your company to incorporate your Apple Macintosh computers and applications into a dependable and protected IT network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the groupware capabilities of Office Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a wide range of Exchange support services including system design and installation, troubleshooting, security, wide area connectivity, performance tuning, high availability, plus spam and virus filtering.

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