Office for Mac 2011 IntegrationProgent's experts in Apple Mac OS X technology can help your company to set up Office:Mac 2011 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac on a cross-platform network so that Mac users can benefit from powerful capabilities in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac or Entourage to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who use Windows-based computers. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the benefits of moving to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 from a prior release of Office for Mac and assist you to plan and carry out an efficient upgrade plan. Also, Progent's SharePoint experts can help you to configure a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Office 2011 Web App so users can access Office for Mac files from any standard web browser. Progent's Visual Basic for Applications software developers can help you to develop, update, or fix Microsoft VBA code to take advantage of Office for Mac 2011's resumption of support for Microsoft VBA.

Progent provides consulting support for all applications supplied with Office for Mac 2011 and Office 2008 for Mac including:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 ConsultantsWord for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of document viewing, template management, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, sharing, and automation. The innovative Focus View tool allows you to remove non-essential elements to maximize the screen space dedicated to viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery simplifies access to standard and custom templates as well as recent documents. Improved publishing functions include a more powerful Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing tools that include background removal.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an updated user interface that offers a customizable toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing capability through the Publishing View that offers more control over positioning of text and images and allows users to link text overflow from one page to a specified text box on any page. Additional features available in Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking type, and reference tools that allow a variety of citation formats. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but doesn't work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can help your business to determine if this limitation might impact your decision to upgrade to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that allows you to tag critical entries, find key words and phrases, and record time-stamped audio into your notes as you type. The Track Changes feature makes it easier to follow updates and allows you to accept or ignore 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 link to Microsoft's now discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to scan through your work with the convenient thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Microsoft Excel for Mac HelpExcel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and charting, speed, graphics editing, scripting, data protection, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines capability provides an immediate visual representation of Excel data by means of miniature charts that are displayed within a cell next to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been improved to make it easier to format data using icon sets, data bars, and colors. You can sort and filter information by color and can access multi- select filters and convenient quick filtering options. Tables (before known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groups of related information for efficient manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer resemblance with Windows versions of Excel. Improved editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics permit you to create professional-looking graphics without the use of outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, VBA support has been resumed, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can control access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and share protected workbooks across platforms. To improve collaboration, Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to create cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without being required to distinguish between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many spreadsheet cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and includes the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complicated calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for popular tasks such as payroll. As with the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 does not work with Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac consultants can assist you to determine whether this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that permits you to review 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 provide additional color combinations and enable you to utilize the Formatting Palette for instantly updating your chart class, data, fills, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and fix spreadsheet errors and manage how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your data. Additional tools allow you to see the proper syntax for over 140 functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support enables you to employ Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmPowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes new and improved functionality in the areas of template management, picture touchup, movie support, animations, layer and slide control, timing, sharing, protection, search, performance, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows easy access to a broad range of media sources such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus Clip Art and other graphical content. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery simplifies control of pre-built and specialized templates plus recent presentations. New picture editing features include a background deletion function and tools for correction, coloring, and trimming. You can also embed and format videos from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them an integral part of a show, making it easier to share and manage complex slide shows. You can easily add 3-D transitions and are provided with an extensive library of animation effects, extensible themes, improved chart making utilities, and more SmartArt images with new layouts for org charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for easily turning bulleted displays into a selection of diagrams. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting options for fast detailing. A slider makes it simple to alter the size of elements. An option for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch presentations with an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that permit you to make your presentation well paced and allow mid-show adjustments by means of the tools in the presenterís view window. Animation and transitions allow you to make more dynamic presentations. The font formatting dialog box provides increased precision in specifying typography options such as spacing, size, and transparency.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook for Mac  Support ServicesMicrosoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been redesigned to deliver significant enhancements in the areas of usability, calendar management, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, collaboration, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them easier to manage. Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and restored via Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can easily add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac now automatically puts your email, drafts, sent mail and deleted messages for all of your mailboxes in unified folders so you no longer have to look through separate email accounts and folders. The Conversations feature groups associated messages to simplify tracking and managing email threads. The new Quick Look function enables you to preview single or multiple file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from within any Outlook for Mac view by entering any item in any field.

    To support moving from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to copy .PST files without third-party tools. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can superimpose shared calendars so you can immediately uncover conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can transform voice mail into readable text messages and add them to your inbox to cut the time spent going through the task of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline address books gives users 24x7 access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence data in the Contact Card and initiate IM, a video conference, or a voice call from within Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

    Entourage for Mac 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that permits you to customize out-of-office messages depending on who receives it. In comparison with Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides improved filters against spam and phishing and offers To Do notes that can be accessed via the My Day utility, which enables you to see your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also features closer integration with Microsoft Exchange and offers more sophisticated scheduling capabilities. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 consultants can assist you to upgrade your Apple Mac email solution to work transparently with Exchange so you can team up with fellow workers running Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 allows you to manage email, addresses, calendars, notes, and documents from a central location. Entourage 2004 can access email via IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Macintosh and Windows users by allowing workers to connect to their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to manage email, look through Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync schedules and contacts, and set up meetings. Progent can help you to maintain your Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or migrate efficiently to Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Components of Office for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes other utilities to assist you to create, manage, and share business information productively. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent can assist you to configure and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook for Mac to support IM, presence, file sharing, and voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any device set up with MSN Mobile; support for as many as 15 participants to take part in a conference; message and presence filtering based on permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate images and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Messenger for Mac users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2, included in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and designed for operation with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous connections to multiple remote Windows-based personal computers or to a remote server session to execute hosted applications and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from within Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. A new protocol improves performance and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability recovers a remote session in case the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication improves protection by verifying users prior to establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can help you to set up and maintain a system for driving Windows-based PCs from Mac OS X, visit Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • Web Apps are companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 that enable you to utilize any standard web browser running on almost any computer or smartphone to view, exchange, and lightly edit files held online on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This allows platform-independent teamwork and supports mobile users. For business use, Web Apps require Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include DEP protection, Office file validation to guard against fuzzing exploits, additional file block settings, and the ability to create a protected-view sandbox solution. To find out how Progent's Microsoft-certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Web Apps for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, visit SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-grade IM, presence, video conferencing and voice calling solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be based on calendar information, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac runs in conjunction with either Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to ask guests to participate conference calls or start a conference from within Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Advanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For details about Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting available from Progent's Lync platform experts, see Microsoft Lync Server Consulting.

How Progent's Experts Can Support You with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-qualified network experts, and Mac OS X support professionals can assist you to incorporate your Apple Mac OS X computers and applications into a robust and protected information network, set up your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the groupware capabilities of Outlook for Mac and Entourage, and provide Mac Training for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac. Progent can also provide a wide array of Microsoft Exchange consulting services such as system design and integration, maintenance, security, remote access, performance tuning, high uptime, and junk mail and virus filtering.

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