Office for Mac 2011 ConsultantsProgent's specialists in Apple Macintosh technology can help your company to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Office 2008 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Mac users are able to benefit from popular features in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage for Mac to share data and peripherals with colleagues who use Microsoft Windows-powered systems. Progent can also help your company to evaluate the advantages of upgrading to Office for Mac 2011 from an earlier version of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to design and carry out a smooth migration strategy. Also, Progent's SharePoint experts can assist your company to set up a SharePoint web site to work with Office 2011 for Mac Web App so you can access Office:Mac documents from a full-featured web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications programmers can help you to develop, enhance, or fix VBA code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for VBA.

Progent offers integration expertise for all programs that come with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ExpertiseMicrosoft Word for Mac 2011 features improvements in the areas of viewing, template management, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, collaboration, and programmability. The new Focus View feature enables you to remove distracting elements to maximize the screen area available for displaying your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and custom templates as well as recently opened documents. Enhanced publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and additional graphic editing features that include a background removal tool.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that has an extensible toolbar and introduced a basic desktop publishing capability through the Publishing Layout View that provides increased control over layout of text and graphics and enables users to link text overflow from a given page to a specified text box on any page. Other features built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can assist your business to evaluate if this limitation might affect your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to flag critical sections, search for key words and phrases, and record time-stamped audio into your notes as you type. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to trace edits and enables you to accept or ignore changes from the comments. Reference Tools permit you to refer to a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Microsoft Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to browse through your document with the convenient thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac ConsultingExcel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of data analysis and charting, performance, image editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The innovative Sparklines capability offers an instantaneous graphical summary of Excel data via tiny charts that are displayed within a cell adjacent to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it simpler to format information with icon libraries, data bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter data by color and use multi- selection filters and convenient fast filtering options. Excel Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related data for efficient editing and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer resemblance with Windows editions of Excel. New and enhanced editing capabilities and SmartArt images permit you to create polished-looking images without the use of extra photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Excel for Windows and introducing advanced capabilities including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to Excel workbooks via Information Rights Management (IRM) and share protected workbooks across operating systems. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to create platform-independent workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without having to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

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

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that allows you to review and manipulate in a window in WYSIWYG mode, quickly scale data to match the right page count, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements provide new color combinations and allow you to use the Formatting Tool for quickly revising your chart type, data, fills, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and fix spreadsheet problems and manage how AutoFill formats your content. Additional tools allow you to view the proper usage for over 140 functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the enhanced Range Finder. XML support enables you to use Extensible Markup Language to collaborate on data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac SupportPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved capabilities in the areas of template management, image touchup, movie support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, timing, collaboration, security, search, performance, and scripting. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows easy access to a broad selection of media libraries including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries plus shapes, Clip Art and other graphical content. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines control of built-in and specialized templates plus recently opened shows. Improved picture editing features include a background deletion function and tools for touchup, coloring, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from within PowerPoint to make them a part of a presentation, making it easier to share and control complex presentations. You can easily add 3-D transitions and have access to an extensive library of animation effects, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and more SmartArt graphics with new sets of organization charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for quickly converting bulleted lists into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for fast updating. A slider makes it simple to change the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto enables you to watch slide shows with an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to keep your presentation properly paced and allow on-the-fly changes by means of the tools displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and transitions allow you to create more engaging slide shows. The Format Font dialog box offers more control in specifying font characteristics including positioning, style, and transparency.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 20211 for Mac  ConsultingOffice Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver substantial enhancements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contact information, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them easier to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and recovered with Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services such as Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for each of your mailboxes into unified folders so you donít have to check individual accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations capability groups related messages to save time tracking and managing threads. The Quick Look feature enables you to view single or multiple file attachments including Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and videos. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any element in any field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to copy .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately detect scheduling conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice mail to text messages and put them into your inbox to save time during the process of checking voice mail. New support offline address books gives users continual access to contact information. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence information in the Contact Card and initiate IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 includes an Out of Office utility that allows you to adapt out-of-office notices based on the recipient. Compared to Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 provides better filters against spam and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be read via the My Day tool, which allows you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your Mac desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers tighter integration with Exchange and offers more powerful scheduling functions. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Office Outlook for Mac consultants can help you to enhance your Mac messaging solution to work seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can collaborate with colleagues using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 allows you to handle email, contacts, schedules, and notes from a single location. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can connect to email via IMAP, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 facilitates collaboration between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows users by allowing users to connect to their data on Exchange Server to manage messages, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync schedules and addresses, and set up conferences. Progent can help you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Components of Microsoft Office for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes additional utilities to assist you to produce, organize, and distribute business information productively. Additional Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can assist you to configure and maintain include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is integrated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac to support Instant Messaging, presence awareness, file sharing, plus conferencing. Features include the ability to transmit to any computing device set up with MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 participants to join in a conversation; IM and presence blocking based on allowed, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to share, view and comment on images and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users must have set up a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, available with Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation 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 hosted programs and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you can print from Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. An advanced protocol enhances speed and compatibility with Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a session if the Internet connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves protection by verifying 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 manage a system for driving Windows-based computers from a Mac, see Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 consulting.
  • Web Apps are companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that allow you to utilize any full-featured browser on virtually any computing device to display, share, and lightly edit documents and files stored remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This permits 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 DEP support, Office file validation to guard against file fuzzing attacks, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can help your business to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to work with Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from virtually any computer, see SharePoint support.
  • Lync for Mac takes the place of Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class Instant Messaging, rich presence, video conferencing and voice calling client included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence awareness data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in tandem with either Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync allows users to invite guests to participate conference calls or start a meeting from within Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced 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 experts, see Microsoft Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants, Cisco-certified network experts, and Mac specialists can help you to integrate your Apple Macintosh systems and applications into a dependable and secure information network, set up your Exchange Server to support the collaborative capabilities of Outlook for Mac and Entourage for Mac, and provide Mac Education for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a wide array of Exchange consulting services such as system design and deployment, maintenance, security, wide area connectivity, performance tuning, service continuity, and spam and Virus filtering and email encryption.

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