Microsoft Office 365 for Mac IntegrationProgent's Apple macOS and OS X experts can help you to configure Office 365 for Mac on a mixed-platform environment so that Mac users can take advantage of the familiar features in Microsoft Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for Mac in order to share information and network resources with colleagues who use Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also help you to evaluate the advantages of upgrading to Microsoft Office 365 for Mac from a prior release of Office for Mac and assist you to plan and execute an efficient migration strategy. Progent offers consulting support for all applications supplied with Office 365 for Mac and Office 2016 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Word for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Word for Mac and Word for Mac 2016 include a new Design Tab that allows instant access to design elements and makes it easy to manage layout, colors and fonts across a document. A new Insights Pane automatically searches for and shows relevant information from the web to provide useful context for authors and readers. Another new feature is threaded comments, which facilitates teamwork by allowing conversations and displaying them next to the associated content. Enhancements include easier tools for inviting colleagues to proof and edit documents, simultaneous coauthoring of documents, and integrated Mail Merge tools that utilize Word, Excel and Outlook. As with current editions of Excel and PowerPoint for Mac, Office 365 Word for Mac lets you to navigate documents with Multi-Touch gestures.

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    Office 365 Word for Mac simplifies layout management and teamwork

    Word for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of viewing, template management, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View tool enables you to remove distracting content to increase the screen area available for displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and customized templates as well as recent documents. Enhanced publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive image editing features that include background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has an extensible toolbar and introduced a rudimentary desktop publishing toolset through the Publishing View that offers more precision in the positioning of words and images and enables users to chain text overflow from one area to any text box on any page. Additional features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that support various citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can assist you to evaluate if this limitation might impact your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to flag important sections, find specified terms, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to follow updates and enables you to accept or ignore changes from the comments. Reference Utilities allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's now discontinued Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to scan through your work with the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Office 365 Excel for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Excel for Mac and Excel for Mac 2016 introduce PivotTable Slicers to allow you to discover patterns within massive volumes of data. A new add-on, the Analysis Toolpak, facilitates advanced statistical and engineering analyses. Compatibility with Windows versions of Excel is improved through support for familiar keyboard shortcuts and for most of the functions found in Office Excel 2013 for Windows. Other improvements include an enhanced Formula Builder Pane and the ability to print to a single PDF file.

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    Office 365 Excel for Mac improves compatibility with PC spreadsheets

    Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and charting, speed, graphics editing, programmability, security, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines capability provides an immediate visual summary of Excel information via tiny charts that are displayed inside a spreadsheet cell next to the summarized values. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it simpler to format information with icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter data by color and use multiple- select filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Excel Tables (previously called Lists) allow you to create multiple groupings of related information for easy manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt images permit you to make polished-looking graphics without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing advanced features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can control access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management and share protected workbooks across platforms. To improve sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to create cross-platform 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 introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complex formulas. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for common tasks such as payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help you to determine if this limitation justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that allows you to read and manipulate on screen exactly what will print, conveniently scale content to match the right page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements offer new color schemes and allow you to utilize the Formatting Palette for quickly revising your chart type, data, fills, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons allow you to find and repair spreadsheet errors and control how AutoFill applies formatting to your content. Editing/function tools enable you to see the correct syntax for over 140 functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support enables you to utilize Extensible Markup Language to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmOffice 365 PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac 2016 include the new Theme Variants feature that makes it easy to change the look of a presentation by switching the color scheme. As with new editions of Office Word for Mac, a new Threaded Comments feature promotes collaboration by showing full conversations adjacent to related content. Collaboration is also enhanced with extensive coauthoring features. An enhanced Presenter View lets the speaker see the current and subsequent slide, speaker notes, plus a timer while showing the audience just the projection of the current slide. An improved Animation Pane simplifies creating and editing professional-looking animations, and an improved Conflict Resolution View shows different updates to assist you to decide which edits to keep.

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    Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac makes it easier to create and deliver professional-looking presentations

    PowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template management, picture touchup, movie support, animations, layer and slide management, timing, sharing, protection, search, speed, and scripting. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows convenient access to a broad selection of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as Clip Art and other visual data. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies control of built-in and custom templates plus recent presentations. Improved picture editing features include a background deletion function plus powerful utilities for correction, color, and trimming. You can also embed and format movies from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a presentation, making it simpler to distribute and manage sophisticated slide shows. You can easily include 3-dimensional slide transitions and have access to an expanded library of animations, customizable themes, improved chart tools, and additional SmartArt images with new sets of organization charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted displays into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it simple to alter the size of objects. A command for exporting to Apple's iPhoto enables you to watch presentations using an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter Tools that permit you to make your slide show properly paced and let you make mid-show adjustments by means of the tools displayed in the presenterís window. Custom animation and transitions permit you to create more engaging slide shows. A Format Font dialog box offers increased control in specifying font characteristics such as positioning, size, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook 365 for Mac Consulting FirmOffice 365 Outlook for Mac and Outlook for Mac 2016 include a variety of new features such as support for push email to keep your inbox current, online archiving to conserve mailbox storage, the ability to suggest an alternative meeting time in response to a meeting invitation, and the ability to see multiple calendars concurrently. In addition, navigation has been simplified for moving between Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and Notes. Additional enhancements include the convenient display of message threads in your inbox plus message preview to help you decide quickly how to handle new emails. If you have an Office 365 subscription, Full Screen Mode enables you to have several open messages or to operate two instances of Outlook in split-screen view.

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    Office 365 Outlook for Mac supports side-by-side calendars to simplify scheduling

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restoration, search, Windows integration, sharing, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now stored in individual text files, making them easier to control. Outlook 2011 for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored with Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular email services such as Google Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now puts your email, drafts, sent mail and deleted items for each of your mailboxes into unified folders so you no longer have to check separate email accounts and folders. The Conversations feature groups related messages to save time keeping track of threads. The Quick Look feature enables you to preview file attachments that can include Office or Acrobat PDF files, graphics, and movies. The Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from within any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any element in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac allows you to import Windows .PST files without third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. With Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac can convert voice mail to text messages and add them to your inbox to save time going through the task of checking voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives mobile users continual access to contact information. 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 launch IM, a video conference, or a voice call without leaving Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office notices depending on who receives it. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers better defense against spam and phishing and provides To Do notes that can be read by means of 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 tighter interaction with Microsoft Exchange and offers more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Entourage 2008 specialists and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac engineers can assist you to enhance your Apple Mac email system to work seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can collaborate with colleagues running Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps people to handle messages, addresses, calendars, and notes from a central application. Entourage for Mac 2004 can connect to email via IMAP, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows clients by permitting workers to connect to their data on Exchange Server to handle messages, look through Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync schedules and addresses, and set up conferences. Progent can help you to manage your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade smoothly to Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

Additional Features of Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides other tools to help you to create, manage, and distribute information productively. Additional Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 to support Instant Messaging, presence awareness, collaboration, and conferencing. Features include the ability to send messages to any device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 people to take part in a conference; message and presence filtering determined by allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, view and comment on images and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides concurrent connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered personal computers or to a remote network server to execute hosted applications and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you can print from within Microsoft Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances speed and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature restores a remote session if the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves security by authenticating users prior to establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to set up and maintain a system for running Windows PCs from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to utilize any standard browser running on almost any computer or smartphone to view, share, and edit files held remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention protection, file authentication to protect against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and support for a locked-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint consultants can help you to build and manage a SharePoint web site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from virtually any computer, visit SharePoint consulting.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class Instant Messaging, presence, conferencing and voice client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence data can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac runs in tandem with Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to ask contacts to participate conference calls or start a meeting directly from Outlook for Mac or Lync for Mac. Advanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For details about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services available from Progent's Lync platform experts, see Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants, Cisco-qualified network experts, and macOS and OS X specialists can assist your company to incorporate your Mac computers and software into a robust and protected IT network, set up your Exchange Server to support the collaborative capabilities of Office Outlook for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a broad range of Exchange support services such as system design and integration, troubleshooting, protection, wide area connectivity, performance optimization, high uptime, plus Spam filtering and email encryption.

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