Microsoft Office for Mac Support ServicesProgent's experts in Apple Macintosh technology can assist you 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 Microsoft Entourage in order to share data and network resources with colleagues who run Windows-powered systems. Progent can also assist your company to assess the advantages of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior release of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to plan and carry out an efficient upgrade plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can assist you to configure a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can retrieve Office for Mac files from a full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications programmers can assist your company to create, update, or fix VBA programs to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent offers integration support for all applications that come with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template management, publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View feature allows you to remove distracting elements to maximize the screen area available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines management of built-in and customized templates as well as recent documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional graphic editing features including background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic publishing toolset through the Publishing Layout View that provides increased precision in the layout of text and graphics and enables users to link text overflow from one page to any text box on another page. Additional capabilities available in Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that allow a variety of citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can assist you to evaluate whether this restriction should 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 important entries, find key terms, and add time-stamped voice recordings into your notes as you write. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to trace updates and allows you to accept or reject edits from the comment balloons. Reference Tools permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to navigate through your document using the improved document map.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpExcel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and visualization, performance, graphics editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The new Sparklines capability offers an instantaneous visual summary of Excel data by means of miniature charts that fit within a cell adjacent to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it simpler to format information with icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter data by color and use multi- selection filters and convenient quick filtering tools. Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to create multiple groups of related data for efficient editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt images allow you to create polished-looking graphics without the use of extra photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing advanced capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can manage access to workbooks via Information Rights Management and collaborate on secure workbooks across operating systems. To enhance collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates among workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 supports as many spreadsheet cells as the Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complex calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for common applications including payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can assist you to evaluate whether this limitation justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to read and manipulate on screen in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently scale content to match your desired page count, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements offer additional color schemes and allow you to use the Formatting Palette for quickly revising your chart class, content, fills, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons enable you to find and repair spreadsheet formula errors and control how AutoFill applies formatting to your content. Additional tools allow you to view the proper usage for over 140 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 data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, image touchup, movie support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, pacing, collaboration, security, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide selection of media sources including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as shapes, Clip Art and other graphical data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies control of built-in and specialized templates plus recently opened shows. New image editing capabilities include a background removal tool and tools for correction, color, and cropping. You can also embed and format videos from within PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a show, making it simpler to share and manage sophisticated slide shows. You can easily add 3-dimensional slide transitions and have access to an extensive library of animations, customizable themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for org charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting controls for quick detailing. A slider makes it easy to change the size of elements. An option for exporting to iPhoto allows you to view slide shows using an Apple iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that permit you to make your slide show well timed and let you make on-the-fly adjustments by means of the controls in the presenterís view window. Animation and transitions permit you to make more engaging presentations. A Format Font tool offers more control in specifying typography characteristics such as positioning, style, and transparency.

  • Microsoft 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 email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, collaboration, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, IM, and presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contacts, and calendars is now saved in individual text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored via Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services including Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now automatically puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for each of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you donít have to look through separate email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations feature groups associated messages to save time tracking and managing threads. The new Quick Look feature allows you to view single or multiple file attachments including Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from any Outlook 2011 view by entering any element in any field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac, Office Outlook for Mac now allows you to import .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately spot conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice mail to text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the often tedious task of reviewing voice mail. New support offline contact data gives users 24x7 access to contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the Contact Card and initiate Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that allows you to customize out-of-office messages based on the recipient. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 offers better filters against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be read via the My Day tool, which allows you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage 2008 also features closer integration with Exchange Server and offers more sophisticated calendaring functions. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac consultants can assist your company to enhance your Apple Mac messaging solution to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can team up with fellow workers using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps people to handle email, addresses, schedules, notes, and documents from a central location. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can access email using IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 facilitates teamwork between Mac OS X and Windows clients by permitting users to connect to their accounts on Exchange Server to handle messages, look through Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync schedules and addresses, and schedule meetings. Progent can assist you to maintain your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011.

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

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac to enable IM, presence, collaboration, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to send messages to any device that uses MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 people to take part in a conference; IM and presence blocking based on permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, display and annotate images and documents; emoticon support; and customizable 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 intended for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers concurrent connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server session to execute hosted programs and exchange files. With Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from within Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. An advanced protocol enhances speed and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect feature recovers a remote session in case the network connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves protection by verifying users before allowing a full connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can help you to configure and manage a system for running Windows computers from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection consulting.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that enable you to utilize any standard browser running on almost any computing device to view, exchange, and lightly edit documents and files stored online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits platform-independent teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention protection, Office file authentication to guard against fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to set up and maintain a SharePoint site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from virtually any computer, visit SharePoint consulting.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level IM, presence, video conferencing and voice solution included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence indicators can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac works in tandem with Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask contacts to attend conference calls or start a conference from within Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync platform specialists, see Microsoft Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac OS X support professionals can help you to integrate your Apple Macintosh systems and applications into a dependable and protected information network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the collaborative features of Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and provide Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a wide range of Microsoft Exchange consulting services including system planning and installation, maintenance, security, wide area access, performance tuning, fault tolerance, plus junk mail and virus blocking.

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