Office for Mac ConsultantsProgent's specialists in Apple Macintosh technology can help your company to configure Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Mac users can benefit from powerful features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office:Outlook or Entourage to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who run Windows-based computers. Progent can also help your company to assess the advantages of moving to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to design and execute an efficient upgrade plan. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can assist your company to configure a SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so users can retrieve Office for Mac files from a full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications programmers can help you to create, update, or troubleshoot Visual Basic for Applications code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Visual Basic for Applications.

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

  • Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsWord for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template control, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, search, sharing, and programmability. The new Focus View feature allows you to eliminate non-essential content to maximize the screen area dedicated to viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines management of standard and customized templates and recently opened documents. Enhanced publishing capabilities include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing features that include a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic publishing toolset via the Publishing View that offers more precision over layout of text and images and enables users to link text overflow from a given page to any text box on another page. Additional features built into Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that allow a variety of citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can assist your business to determine whether this limitation might impact your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that allows you to flag critical entries, find specified words and phrases, and record time-stamped audio into your notes as you write. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to trace edits and enables you to accept or reject changes from the comments. Reference Utilities permit you to refer to 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 navigate through your work with the convenient thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac ConsultingMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, speed, image editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The new Sparklines capability provides an immediate visual summary of Excel information via miniature charts that fit inside a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it simpler to format data with icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter information by color and use multiple- selection filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Tables (before known as Lists) allow you to make multiple groupings of related data for easy editing and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer resemblance with Windows versions of Office Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics permit you to make professional-looking images without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has returned, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and offering new capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can manage access to workbooks via Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on secure workbooks across platforms. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce platform-independent workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without being required to distinguish between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complex formulas. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications such as company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help your business to determine whether this limitation justifies a migration to Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that permits you to read and manipulate on screen exactly what will print, quickly zoom data to match your desired page count, and insert headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements offer new color schemes and allow you to utilize the Formatting Palette for instantly revising your chart class, content, fills, weights, and effects. Smart Buttons allow you to track down and repair spreadsheet formula problems and manage how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your data. Additional tools enable you to see the correct syntax for over 140 functions, and intuitively change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support allows you to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to share complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved functionality in the areas of template management, picture editing, movie support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, security, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide range of media sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as Clip Art and other visual content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies control of built-in and custom templates plus recently opened presentations. Improved image editing capabilities include a background deletion tool plus tools for touchup, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from within PowerPoint to make them a part of a show, making it simpler to distribute and control sophisticated slide shows. You can easily include 3-D transitions and have access to an extensive library of animation effects, customizable themes, improved chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for org charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted lists into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting options for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to alter the size of objects. A command for exporting to iPhoto enables you to watch slide shows with an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter functions that enable you to make your slide show well paced and allow on-the-fly changes by means of the tools in the presenterís view window. Custom animation and transitions enable you to make more dynamic slide shows. A Format Font dialog box gives you more control in selecting font characteristics such as positioning, size, and transparency.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been redesigned to provide significant improvements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows coexistence, sharing, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, IM, and rich presence. The Office Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them easier to control. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and restored with Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services including Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 now puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for all of your mailboxes into unified folders so you donít need to look through separate accounts and folders. The new Conversations capability groups related messages to save time tracking and managing email threads. The Quick Look function enables you to view file attachments that can include Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and videos. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to copy Windows .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac can convert voice mail into readable text messages and add them to your inbox to save time during the process of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives users 24x7 access to contact information. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence information in the Outlook for Mac contact card and initiate Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that permits you to adapt out-of-office notices based on who receives it. Compared to Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 offers better defense against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be read via the My Day utility, which enables you to see your day's events and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers closer interaction with Exchange and offers more sophisticated calendaring functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 specialists and Microsoft Outlook for Mac consultants can help you to upgrade your Mac messaging system to work transparently with Exchange Server so you can collaborate with colleagues using Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps you to handle messages, contacts, calendars, notes, and documents from a central location. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can access messages using IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 enables teamwork between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows users by permitting users to connect to their accounts on Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and contacts, and schedule meetings. Progent can assist you to support your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

Other Features of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 provides other utilities to assist you to produce, organize, and share information efficiently. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can assist you to configure and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to enable Instant Messaging, presence awareness, collaboration, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 people to join in a conference; IM and presence blocking based on allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate photos and documents; emoticon support; and customizable display pictures. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based PCs or to a remote network server to execute hosted programs and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol improves performance and compatibility with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature recovers a session in case the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves protection by verifying users before establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent can assist you to configure and maintain a solution for running Windows-based PCs from Mac OS X, visit Remote Desktop Connection consulting.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to use any full-featured browser running on almost any computer or smartphone to display, share, and edit documents and files held remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows platform-independent collaboration and helps mobile users. For business use, Web Apps should be run on SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) protection, Office file validation to protect against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a locked-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can help you to build and manage a SharePoint site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint integration services.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, presence, conferencing and voice solution included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence data can be determined by calendar data, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac works in conjunction with either Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to invite guests to attend conference calls or start a conference directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync platform experts, see Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network experts, and Mac OS X specialists can assist you to integrate your Apple Macintosh systems and applications into a robust and protected IT network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the collaborative features of Outlook for Mac and Microsoft Entourage, and provide Mac Education for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a broad range of Microsoft Exchange support services such as system design and deployment, troubleshooting, security, wide area connectivity, performance optimization, high availability, plus Spam filtering and email encryption.

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