Office for Mac Support ServicesProgent's specialists in Mac OS X technology can help your company to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Mac users are able to benefit from powerful features in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Entourage to share data and peripherals with fellow workers who run Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior release of Office for Mac and assist your company to design and carry out a smooth migration plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint experts can help you to set up a SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 Web App so you can access Office for Mac documents from any standard web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications software developers can help you to develop, enhance, or fix Visual Basic for Applications code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

Progent offers 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 SupportWord for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and programmability. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to remove non-essential elements to maximize the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines access to built-in and custom templates as well as recently opened documents. Enhanced desktop publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive image editing features including a background removal tool.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing capability via the Publishing Layout View that provides increased control over layout of text and graphics and allows you to chain text overflow from a given area to any text box on any page. Other features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that support a variety of citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can assist you to evaluate if 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 flag important entries, find key words and phrases, and add date-stamped voice recordings into your notes as you type. The Track Changes feature makes it easier to follow updates and enables you to approve or ignore changes from the comment balloons. Reference Tools allow you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to browse through your document using the convenient map and thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, performance, graphics editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The new Sparklines capability provides an immediate visual summary of Excel data via miniature charts that are displayed inside a spreadsheet cell next to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data with icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter information by color and use multi- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Tables (previously known as Lists) allow you to make multiple groupings of associated data for efficient editing and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and closer resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing capabilities and SmartArt images allow you to create professional-looking graphics without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can manage access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and share secure workbooks across operating systems. To enhance collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to create platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates among workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complex formulas. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common applications including payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can assist your business to determine whether this restriction justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that permits you to review and manipulate in a window in WYSIWYG mode, quickly scale data to fit the right number of pages, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements provide new color combinations and enable you to use the Formatting Tool for quickly updating your chart class, data, fills, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons allow you to track down and repair spreadsheet errors and manage how AutoFill formats your data. Additional tools permit you to view the proper syntax for over 140 functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support allows you to employ XML to collaborate on complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template organization and customization, picture editing, video support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, security, search, performance, and scripting. The Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide selection of media libraries such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus Clip Art and other visual content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies management of pre-built and specialized templates plus recently opened shows. Improved image editing capabilities include a background removal tool plus powerful utilities for touchup, 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 sophisticated presentations. You can also include 3-dimensional transitions and have access to an expanded collection of animations, customizable themes, enhanced chart tools, and more SmartArt images with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for easily turning bulleted lists into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting options for quick detailing. A zoom slider makes it easy to change the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch presentations with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that permit you to keep your presentation well paced and allow real-time adjustments by means of the tools displayed in the presenterís window. Animation and 3D transitions allow you to create more engaging presentations. A Format Font dialog box offers more precision in selecting font characteristics such as positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been redesigned to provide significant enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, sharing, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and rich 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. Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and restored via Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular email services such as Google Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for each of your mailboxes in unified folders so you donít have to look through individual accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations capability groups related messages to save time keeping track of email threads. The Quick Look feature allows you to view file attachments including Microsoft Office or PDF files, photos, and videos. The Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from within any Outlook 2011 view by entering any item in any contact field.

    To support migration from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac allows you to import Windows .PST files without third-party utilities. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can quickly detect scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can convert voice messages to readable text messages and put them into your inbox to save time going through the often tedious process of reviewing voice mail. Support for offline address books gives mobile users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the Outlook for Mac contact card and initiate IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call without leaving Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 includes an Out of Office assistant that allows you to adapt out-of-office messages depending on the recipient. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers better defense against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be accessed via the My Day utility, which allows you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers closer interaction with Microsoft Exchange Server and provides more sophisticated scheduling functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac engineers can assist your company to upgrade your Mac messaging solution to work seamlessly with Exchange Server so you can team up with fellow workers running Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to stay on top of messages, contacts, calendars, and notes from a single location. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can access messages using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 facilitates collaboration between Mac OS X and Windows users by allowing workers to access their accounts on Exchange Server to handle email, look through Exchange's global address list, sync calendars and contacts, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to manage your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Components of Microsoft Office for Mac
Office for Mac 2011 includes additional tools to help you to create, manage, and share business information productively. Additional Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can assist you to configure and maintain include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac to support Instant Messaging, presence, file sharing, and voice and video conferencing. Features include the ability to send messages to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 participants to join in a conference; IM and presence filtering based on allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, view and annotate photos and documents; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users must 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 OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers concurrent access to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based PCs or to a remote network server to execute hosted programs and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. An advanced protocol improves speed and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature restores a remote session if the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication (NLA) enhances protection by verifying users prior to establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to configure and maintain a solution for driving Windows PCs from a Mac, see Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to utilize any standard web browser running on virtually any computer or smartphone to display, share, and lightly edit files held online on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits cross-platform collaboration and supports mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention support, Office file authentication to protect against fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can help your business to set up and manage a Microsoft SharePoint site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint consulting.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, presence, video conferencing and voice calling client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness indicators can be based on calendar data, login status, or specified by the user. Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask contacts to participate conference calls or start a conference from within Outlook for Mac or Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's features and the support services available from Progent's Lync platform specialists, visit Microsoft Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network engineers, and Mac support professionals can help you to incorporate your Mac OS X computers and applications into a dependable and protected information network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the groupware capabilities of Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and offer Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also provide a wide array of Microsoft Exchange consulting services including system planning and integration, maintenance, security, wide area connectivity, performance tuning, high uptime, plus junk mail and virus filtering.

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