Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Support ServicesProgent's specialists in Apple Macintosh technology can assist your company to configure Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform network so that Mac users are able to take advantage of powerful capabilities in Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage to share data and peripherals with colleagues who use Windows-powered computers. Progent can also assist you to assess the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Microsoft Office for Mac and help your company to plan and carry out a smooth migration plan. Also, Progent's SharePoint Server experts can help your company to configure a Microsoft 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 Microsoft VBA software developers can assist your company to develop, update, or troubleshoot Microsoft VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Visual Basic for Applications.

Progent provides integration expertise for all programs supplied with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsWord for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of viewing, template management, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View feature allows you to remove non-essential content to maximize the screen area available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates and recently opened documents. Improved publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and additional image editing features that include background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has an extensible toolbar and introduced a rudimentary publishing toolset via the Publishing Layout View that offers more precision over layout of text and graphics and enables users to chain text overflow from a given area to a specified text box on another page. Additional features built into Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference utilities that allow various citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can help your business to evaluate if this limitation should affect your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to tag important entries, search for specified words and phrases, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to trace updates and allows you to accept or reject edits 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 now discontinued Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to navigate through your work using the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, performance, image editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines feature provides an instantaneous visual summary of Excel information by means of tiny charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format information with icon libraries, data bars, and colors. You can sort and filter data by color and use multiple- select filters and convenient quick filtering tools. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) allow you to create multiple groups of related data for easy editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to create polished-looking graphics without the use of extra photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can control access to Excel workbooks via Information Rights Management (IRM) and share protected workbooks across platforms. To enhance collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to create platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complex formulas. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common tasks including company payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 does not support VBasic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can assist your business to evaluate whether this limitation justifies an upgrade 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, conveniently zoom data to fit the right page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements provide new color combinations and allow you to use the Formatting Palette for instantly revising your chart class, content, colors, typography, and special effects. Smart Buttons allow you to track down and fix spreadsheet errors and control how the AutoFill feature formats your content. Additional tools allow you to see the correct syntax for a library of functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support enables you to employ Extensible Markup Language to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, image editing, movie support, transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, protection, search, speed, and programmability. The Media Browser allows easy access to a broad selection of media sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and custom templates plus recently opened presentations. New image editing capabilities include a background removal function and powerful utilities for touchup, coloring, and cropping. You can also incorporate and format movies from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a show, making it simpler to distribute and control sophisticated slide shows. You can easily add 3-dimensional transitions and are provided with an expanded library of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart tools, and additional SmartArt graphics with new layouts for organization charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for easily turning bulleted displays into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting options for quick updating. A slider makes it easy to change the size of elements. A command for exporting to iPhoto enables you to view slide shows using an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to keep your presentation well paced and allow real-time adjustments via the tools in the presenterís window. Custom animation and 3D transitions enable you to make more dynamic presentations. A font formatting tool gives you increased control in specifying typography characteristics including spacing, style, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  Support ServicesOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been redesigned to deliver substantial enhancements 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, IM, and rich presence. The Outlook 20211 for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them easier to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored using Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services such as Google Gmail, Hotmail, 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 into consolidated folders so you no longer have to check individual email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations capability groups related messages to simplify tracking and managing email threads. The new Quick Look function enables you to view file attachments including Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and movies. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from any Outlook view by entering any element in any contact field.

    To support moving from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac now allows you to import Windows .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can quickly spot scheduling conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to a calendar event. With Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice mail into readable text messages and put them into your inbox to cut the time spent going through the task of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives users continual access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Microsoft 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 without leaving Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office utility that allows you to customize out-of-office notices based on who receives it. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides improved defense against spam and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be read via the My Day tool, which allows you to see your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also features tighter interaction with Exchange Server and provides more sophisticated calendaring functions. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 specialists and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can help your company to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging system to work seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange Server so that you can collaborate with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 helps people to stay on top of messages, addresses, schedules, and notes from a central location. Entourage 2004 can access email using IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 facilitates collaboration between Mac OS X and Windows clients by allowing users to access their accounts on Exchange Server to manage email, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize calendars and addresses, and set up meetings. Progent can help you to support your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or migrate smoothly to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

Additional Components of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other utilities to help you to produce, manage, and distribute information efficiently. Additional Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent's consultants can assist you to configure and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to support IM, presence awareness, collaboration, plus conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 people to join in a conversation; message and presence blocking based on allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, display and comment on images and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Messenger for Mac users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, available with Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server session to execute externally hosted applications and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you can print from Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances performance and compatibility with Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect feature restores a session if the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) enhances security by authenticating users prior to allowing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to configure and maintain a system for driving Windows-based PCs from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection consulting.
  • Web Apps are companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to use any full-featured web browser running on almost any computing device to display, share, and edit documents and files held online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows cross-platform teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, Office file authentication to protect against fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to set up and manage a Microsoft SharePoint site to support Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from virtually any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint support.
  • Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade Instant Messaging, rich presence, conferencing and voice calling solution included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence awareness indicators can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in tandem with either Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask contacts to participate conferences or start a conference directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services available from Progent's Lync platform experts, visit Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network experts, and Mac OS X specialists can help you to incorporate your Apple Mac OS X computers and applications into a dependable and secure information network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the collaborative capabilities of Outlook for Mac and Entourage for Mac, and offer Mac Training for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac. Progent can also provide a broad array of Exchange consulting services including system design and integration, maintenance, security, wide area access, performance tuning, high availability, plus spam and malware blocking.

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