Office for Mac IntegrationProgent's specialists in Apple Mac OS X technology can help you to configure Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Apple Mac users can benefit from popular features in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who run Windows-powered computers. Progent can also help you to evaluate the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior release of Office for Mac and help you to plan and execute an efficient migration strategy. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can assist you to set up a SharePoint web site to support Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office:Mac documents from a standard web browser. Progent's VBA software developers can help you to create, update, or fix VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

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

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of viewing, template management, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, collaboration, and programmability. The innovative Focus View feature enables you to remove distracting content to maximize the screen space available for displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies access to standard and custom templates and recent documents. Enhanced publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive graphic editing features that include background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has a customizable toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing capability through the Publishing Layout View that offers increased precision over layout of text and images and allows you to chain text overflow from one area to a specified text box on any page. Other features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking fonts, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help you to determine if this restriction might affect your decision to upgrade to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that enables you to flag important entries, search for specified words and phrases, and record date-stamped audio into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to trace edits and allows you to accept or reject edits from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to navigate through your work using the convenient map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, performance, graphics editing, scripting, data protection, and collaboration. The new Sparklines capability provides an instantaneous visual 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 using icon sets, data bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter information by color and can access multiple- selection filters and new quick filtering options. Tables (before known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related data for efficient manipulation and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing capabilities and SmartArt images allow you to create professional-looking images without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing advanced capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to workbooks via Information Rights Management (IRM) and share protected workbooks across platforms. To enhance sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to create platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 manages the same number of spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complex calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications such as payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can assist your business to determine whether this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that permits you to read and edit on screen exactly what will print, conveniently scale data to match the right number of pages, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting enhancements provide additional color schemes and allow you to use the Formatting Palette for instantly revising your chart class, content, colors, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and repair spreadsheet formula errors and control how AutoFill applies formatting to your content. Editing/function tools enable you to see 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 collaborate on complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template management, picture touchup, movie support, animations, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows easy access to a wide range of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as Clip Art and other visual content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines management of pre-built and custom templates as well as recently opened shows. Improved picture editing capabilities include a background deletion function plus powerful utilities for touchup, color, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from within PowerPoint to make them an integral part of a presentation, making it easier to share and control complex slide shows. You can also add 3-D transitions and are provided with an extensive collection of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart tools, and more SmartArt graphics with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted lists into a selection of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting options for quick detailing. A zoom slider makes it easy to change the size of objects. An option for exporting to iPhoto enables you to watch presentations with an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that enable you to make your presentation well paced and allow on-the-fly adjustments via the controls in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions enable you to create more dynamic presentations. The Format Font dialog box provides increased control in specifying font options such as positioning, size, and opacity.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  ConsultingOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver significant improvements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, collaboration, speed, 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 individual text files, making them easier to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be backed up and restored using Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services such as Google Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac now automatically places your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased items for each of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you no longer have to look through separate email accounts and folders. The Conversations capability groups associated messages to simplify tracking and managing email threads. The Quick Look feature allows you to view single or multiple file attachments including Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and videos. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from any Outlook view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 allows you to import Windows .PST files without third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately detect conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can transform voice mail into readable text messages and put them into your inbox to cut the time spent during the task of checking voice messages. Support for offline address books gives mobile users continual access to contact information. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence information in the Outlook for Mac contact card and launch Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages depending on the recipient. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers improved filters 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 view your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features closer interaction with Exchange Server and offers more powerful calendaring functions. Progent's Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can assist your company to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Exchange so you can collaborate with colleagues running Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for people to stay on top of messages, addresses, calendars, notes, and documents from a consolidated application. Entourage 2004 can access email using IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 facilitates collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows clients by allowing workers to access their data on Exchange Server to manage email, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize calendars and addresses, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to maintain your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Features of Microsoft Office for Mac
Office for Mac 2011 includes other tools to assist you to produce, manage, and distribute business information efficiently. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can assist you to configure and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook 2011 to support Instant Messaging, presence awareness, file sharing, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 participants to take part in a conversation; IM and presence filtering based on permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to share, display and comment on photos and text; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users must have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, available with Office for Mac 2011 and intended for use with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous connections to multiple remote Windows-based PCs or to a remote server console to run hosted applications and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you can print from within Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances speed and integration with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature restores a remote session in case the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication enhances security by verifying users prior to allowing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent can assist you to configure and manage a solution for running Windows PCs from a Mac, visit Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to use any standard web browser on virtually any computing device to view, exchange, and edit files stored remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits cross-platform collaboration and supports mobile users. For business use, Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file authentication to guard against fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can help your business to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from virtually any computer, visit SharePoint consulting.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, rich presence, conferencing and voice calling solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence data can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac works in conjunction with Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Lync technology allows users to invite contacts to participate conferences or initiate a meeting from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing features include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For details about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting available from Progent's Lync platform specialists, visit Microsoft 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 specialists can assist you to incorporate your Mac OS X computers and applications into a dependable and protected information network, set up your Exchange Server to work with the groupware features of Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac. Progent can also provide a wide range of Microsoft Exchange support services including system planning and deployment, troubleshooting, protection, wide area access, performance optimization, fault tolerance, and junk mail and malware blocking.

Get in Touch with Progent to Find Office for Mac Help
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