Office for Mac 2011 IntegrationProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can assist your company to set up Microsoft Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform network so that Apple Mac users are able to take advantage of popular features in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Entourage to share data and peripherals with colleagues who use Microsoft Windows-powered systems. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the advantages of moving to Office for Mac 2011 from a prior version of Office for Mac and assist you to design and carry out a smooth upgrade plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint consultants can help you to configure a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 Web App so you can access Office:Mac files from any full-featured web browser. Progent's Microsoft VBA programmers can help you to develop, update, or fix Visual Basic for Applications programs to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent provides consulting expertise for all programs 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 features enhancements in the areas of viewing, template management, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, sharing, and automation. The new Focus View tool enables you to eliminate non-essential elements to increase the screen area available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to built-in and customized templates as well as recently opened documents. Improved desktop 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.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has a customizable toolbar and incorporates a rudimentary publishing capability via the Publishing Layout View that offers increased control over layout of text and graphics and allows you to chain text overflow from a given page to a specified text box on another page. Additional features built into Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that support a variety of citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can help your business to evaluate whether this restriction should impact your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to flag critical sections, find specified terms, and add date-stamped voice recordings into your notes as you type. The Track Changes tool makes it easier to follow edits and allows you to approve or reject edits from the comments. Reference Utilities permit you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to browse through your document using the convenient document map.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpMicrosoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of information and charting, speed, image editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The new Sparklines capability offers an instantaneous visual representation of Excel data by means of tiny charts that fit inside a spreadsheet cell next to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format information using icon libraries, bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter data by color and use multiple- select filters and new quick filtering options. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of associated data for easy editing and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and better compatibility with Windows versions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to create polished-looking images without requiring extra photo-editing software. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and offering new features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can manage access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on secure workbooks across platforms. To improve sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce cross-platform workbooks and exchange dates among workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for simplifying the writing of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for popular applications including company payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can assist your business to determine whether this limitation justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that enables you to read and edit in a window in WYSIWYG mode, quickly zoom data to match the right number of pages, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements provide new color combinations and enable you to use the Formatting Tool for instantly updating your chart class, data, fills, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and fix spreadsheet errors and control how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your data. Editing/function tools permit you to see the correct syntax for over 140 functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML file support allows you to use XML to share data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac ExpertsPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced functionality in the areas of template management, image editing, movie support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, protection, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a broad range of media libraries such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus Clip Art and other visual content. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and custom templates as well as recent presentations. New image editing capabilities include a background deletion tool plus powerful utilities for touchup, color, and cropping. You can also embed and format videos from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a presentation, making it easier to share and control complex slide shows. You can also add 3-D slide transitions and have access to an expanded collection of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and additional SmartArt images with new sets of organization charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art for easily turning bulleted displays into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting options for fast detailing. A zoom slider makes it simple to alter the size of elements. An option for sending to iPhoto enables you to view presentations using 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 presentation well timed and allow real-time adjustments using the controls in the presenterís window. Animation and transitions permit you to make more engaging slide shows. A font formatting dialog box offers more control in specifying font options including positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Microsoft Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  ConsultingOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 replaces Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver significant enhancements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, IM, and presence. The Microsoft Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contacts, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them simpler to manage. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and recovered with Apple Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular email services such as Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted items for all of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you donít have to check individual email accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations capability groups related messages to save time keeping track of threads. The Quick Look feature enables you to preview single or multiple file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from within any Outlook view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now allows you to import Windows .PST files without third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can superimpose shared calendars so you can quickly detect conflicts. You can also assign more than one category to a calendar event. In conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice mail to text messages and add them to your inbox to cut the time spent going through the task of reviewing voice mail. Support for offline contact data gives mobile users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence information in the Outlook for Mac contact card and launch Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that permits you to customize out-of-office notices based on the recipient. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 provides better defense against spam and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be read by means of the My Day tool, which enables you to view your day's events and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Entourage 2008 also offers tighter integration with Exchange Server and offers more powerful scheduling capabilities. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can help you to enhance your Apple Mac email solution to work transparently with Exchange Server so that you can team up with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 helps you to stay on top of messages, contacts, calendars, and notes from a single application. Entourage for Mac 2004 can connect to email using IMAP, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Mac OS X and Windows users by allowing users to access their data on Exchange Server to handle messages, look through Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and contacts, and schedule conferences. Progent can help you to support your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade smoothly to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Components of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides additional utilities to help you to create, organize, and distribute business information productively. Additional Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can help you to configure and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac to enable Instant Messaging, presence, collaboration, plus voice and video conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any device set up with MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 people to join in a conference; message and presence filtering determined by allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate images and documents; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, included in Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous access to multiple remote Windows-powered PCs or to a remote network server to execute hosted programs and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances speed and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection feature recovers a remote session in case the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication improves security by verifying users prior to allowing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to set up and maintain a system for running Windows computers from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Office Web Apps are companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to use any full-featured web browser on almost any computing device to view, share, and lightly edit files stored remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 web site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and supports mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps should be run on SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention support, file validation to protect against file fuzzing exploits, additional file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to build and maintain a SharePoint site to support Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint consulting.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the advanced IM, presence, video conferencing and voice solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac works in tandem with either Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to invite contacts to participate conferences or start a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac or Microsoft Lync for Mac. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's features and the support services offered by Progent's Lync technology experts, see Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Help Your Business with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac specialists can help you to integrate your Apple Macintosh computers and software into a dependable and secure IT network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the groupware capabilities of Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and provide Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac. Progent can also deliver a wide array of Microsoft Exchange consulting services including system design and installation, troubleshooting, protection, wide area access, performance tuning, high availability, plus Spam filtering and email encryption.

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