Office for Mac ConsultantsProgent's specialists in Apple Macintosh technology can assist you to configure Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform environment so that Mac users are able to benefit from powerful capabilities in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Office:Outlook or Entourage for Mac to share data and network resources with fellow workers who use Windows-based systems. Progent can also assist your company to assess the benefits of upgrading to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist you to design and carry out an efficient upgrade plan. In addition, Progent's SharePoint Server consultants can assist your company to set up a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 Web App so you can retrieve Office for Mac documents from any standard web browser. Progent's VBA software developers can assist you to create, update, or fix VBA code to benefit from Office for Mac 2011's renewed support for VBA.

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

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseWord for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of document viewing, template control, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and programmability. The new Focus View tool allows you to eliminate distracting elements to increase the screen space available for viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines management of built-in and customized templates and recently opened documents. Improved publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive graphic editing features that include background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and introduced a basic desktop publishing capability through the Publishing Layout View that provides increased precision over layout of text and images and allows you to chain text overflow from one page to a specified text box on another page. Additional capabilities available in Microsoft 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 works with AppleScript but doesn't work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X experts can assist you to determine whether this limitation should impact your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that enables you to tag critical entries, find specified words and phrases, and add time-stamped audio into your notes while you write. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to follow updates and allows you to accept or ignore changes from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's now discontinued Microsoft Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to navigate through your work with the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Excel for Mac HelpExcel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and charting, performance, graphics editing, scripting, security, and collaboration. The new Sparklines capability provides an immediate graphical representation of Excel data via tiny charts that are displayed inside a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the associated data. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format information with icon libraries, bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter data by color and can access multi- selection filters and convenient quick filtering tools. Tables (previously called Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related information for easy manipulation and analysis.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and better compatibility with Windows editions of Office Excel. Improved editing tools and SmartArt images permit you to make professional-looking images without requiring outside photo-editing tools. As with Office Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and offering new features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can control access to workbooks via Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on secure workbooks across platforms. To improve collaboration, Office Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to produce cross-platform workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many cells as the Microsoft Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for streamlining the creation of complex formulas. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for common applications such as company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can assist your business to evaluate if this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that permits you to read and manipulate in a window exactly what will print, conveniently scale content to fit your desired page count, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting enhancements offer new color combinations and enable you to utilize the Formatting Tool for instantly updating your chart class, data, fills, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to track down and fix spreadsheet formula problems and control how AutoFill applies formatting to your data. Additional tools allow you to view the correct syntax for a library of functions, and to click and drag to alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support allows you to utilize Extensible Markup Language to share data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template management, picture touchup, video support, animated effects, layer and slide management, timing, sharing, security, search, performance, and scripting. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide range of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other graphical content. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates plus recently opened presentations. Improved image editing features include a background deletion function and powerful utilities for correction, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from inside PowerPoint to make them a part of a show, making it easier to distribute and control sophisticated presentations. You can easily add 3-D slide transitions and have access to an extensive collection of animations, customizable themes, enhanced chart tools, 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 displays into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox organizes formatting options for quick detailing. A slider makes it simple to alter the size of elements. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to view presentations using an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that permit you to keep your presentation well paced and let you make mid-show changes via the controls in the presenterís window. Animation and transitions enable you to create more engaging slide shows. The font formatting tool offers more control in selecting typography characteristics including spacing, size, and transparency.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been re-architected to provide substantial enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, speed, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, IM, and presence. The Outlook 20211 for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now stored in individual text files, making them easier to control. Outlook 20211 for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and restored using Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can easily add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services including Google Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now places your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for each of your mailboxes into unified folders so you no longer have to look through individual email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations capability automatically groups associated messages to save time keeping track of threads. The Quick Look feature allows you to view file attachments including Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from within any Outlook 2011 view by entering any element in any contact field.

    To support migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to import .PST files without third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately spot scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice messages to readable text messages and put them into your inbox to save time during the often tedious task of reviewing voice mail. New support offline address books gives users 24x7 access to contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence information in the new Outlook for Mac contact card and launch Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call without leaving Office Outlook for Mac.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office utility that permits you to customize out-of-office messages based on who receives it. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides improved filters against spam and phishing and offers To Do notes that can be read via the My Day tool, which enables you to see your day's schedule and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features closer interaction with Microsoft Exchange and offers more sophisticated scheduling capabilities. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 specialists and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can help your company to upgrade your Apple Mac messaging system to work seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange Server so that you can team up with colleagues using Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 helps you to handle email, addresses, schedules, and notes from a central location. Entourage for Mac 2004 can connect to messages via IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows users by allowing users to access their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to handle messages, look through Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and contacts, and set up conferences. Progent can assist you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade smoothly to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Components of Microsoft Office for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes other tools to help you to produce, manage, and distribute information productively. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can help you to configure and support include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to enable Instant Messaging, presence awareness, collaboration, and conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of up to 15 people to take part in a conversation; IM and presence blocking based on permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, view and annotate photos and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, available with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, provides simultaneous connections to multiple remote Windows-based PCs or to a remote network server to execute hosted applications and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. A new protocol improves speed and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability restores a remote session if the Internet connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves protection by authenticating users prior to allowing a full connection. To find out 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.
  • Office Web Apps are online companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to utilize any standard browser on almost any computer or smartphone to view, share, and lightly edit files held remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This permits platform-independent collaboration and supports mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention support, Office file authentication to protect against fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and the ability to create a locked-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can assist you to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint support.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, rich presence, conferencing and voice calling solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to ask guests to participate conference calls or initiate a conference directly from Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing capabilities include desktop sharing. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's features and the support services available from Progent's Lync technology specialists, see Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-qualified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network experts, and Mac specialists can help your company to incorporate your Apple Macintosh computers and software into a dependable and secure IT network, configure your Exchange Server to support the groupware features of Outlook 2011 for Mac and Entourage, and offer Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a broad range of Exchange consulting services such as system planning and integration, troubleshooting, protection, wide area connectivity, performance tuning, high availability, and spam and virus blocking.

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