Microsoft Office 365 for Mac Support ServicesProgent's Apple macOS and OS X experts can help your company to configure Microsoft Office 365 for Mac on a mixed-platform environment so that Apple Mac users can take advantage of the powerful capabilities in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for Mac to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who use Microsoft Windows-based systems. Progent can also assist your company to assess the advantages of moving to Microsoft Office 365 for Mac from an earlier version of Office for Mac and help your company to design and execute a smooth upgrade strategy. Progent offers integration expertise for all programs 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 feature a new Design Tab that allows instant access to design elements and makes it easy to manage layout, colors and typography across a Word document. A new Insights Pane automatically searches for and displays relevant information from the web to deliver rich context for authors and readers. Another new feature is threaded comments, which promotes teamwork by tracking conversations and displaying them next to the associated text. Enhancements include simpler processes for inviting people to review and edit documents, concurrent coauthoring of documents, and more powerful 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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    Microsoft Office 365 Word for Mac simplifies layout management and collaboration

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of document viewing, template control, publishing, graphics editing, typography, search, collaboration, and programmability. The innovative Focus View tool allows you to eliminate distracting elements to maximize the screen space available for viewing your document. The Word Document Gallery streamlines management of standard and customized templates and recent documents. Improved publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and more comprehensive graphic editing tools that include a background removal tool.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has a customizable toolbar and introduced 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 area 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 utilities that allow a variety of citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can assist your business to evaluate whether this restriction might affect your decision to migrate to Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to tag important entries, search for key words and phrases, and record date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you write. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to follow edits and enables you to approve 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 discontinued Microsoft Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to scan through your document with the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Office Excel for Mac Consulting FirmOffice 365 Excel for Mac and Excel for Mac 2016 introduce PivotTable Slicers to enable you to discover patterns within large volumes of data. A new add-on, the Analysis Toolpak, allows complex statistical and engineering analyses. Compatibility with PC versions of Excel is improved with support for common keyboard shortcuts and for the majority of the functions found in Excel 2013 for Windows. Additional improvements include an enhanced Formula Builder Pane and the ability to print to a single PDF file.

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    Microsoft Office 365 Excel for Mac improves interchangeability with Windows spreadsheets

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and visualization, performance, graphics editing, scripting, security, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines capability offers an immediate graphical summary of Excel information via tiny charts that are displayed inside a spreadsheet cell next to the summarized values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format information using icon libraries, data bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter information by color and can access multiple- select filters and new fast filtering tools. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) enable you to create multiple groupings of related information for easy manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved performance and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics permit you to make professional-looking graphics without the use of outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing advanced features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging tool. You can manage access to Excel workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on protected workbooks across operating systems. To enhance sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to create cross-platform workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many spreadsheet cells as the Windows edition of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complex calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for common tasks including company payroll. Just like the 2008 edition of Microsoft Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help your business to determine if this limitation justifies a migration to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that allows you to review and edit on screen in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently scale content to fit your desired page count, and add headers and footers with ease. Charting improvements offer new color schemes and enable you to utilize the Formatting Palette for quickly updating your chart class, content, fills, typography, and effects. Smart Buttons allow you to track down and repair spreadsheet errors and control how the AutoFill feature applies formatting to your content. Editing/function tools allow you to see the proper syntax for a library of functions, and intuitively alter ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support allows you to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on complex data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac 2016 include the new Theme Variants feature that makes it simple to alter the style of a presentation by altering the color scheme. As with new versions of Word for Mac, a new Threaded Comments feature supports teamwork by showing complete conversations next to associated content. Collaboration is also enhanced with strong coauthoring features. An enhanced Presenter View shows the speaker the current and subsequent slide, presentation notes, plus a timer while showing the audience only the projection of the current slide. An improved Animation Pane facilitates designing and updating professional-looking animations, and an improved Conflict Resolution View displays alternative updates to help you to decide which versions to keep.

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    Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac makes it easier to create and deliver pro-quality presentations

    PowerPoint for Mac 2011 includes enhanced capabilities in the areas of template organization and customization, image touchup, movie support, animations and transitions, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, security, search, speed, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows easy access to a broad selection of media libraries such as iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections as well as Clip Art and other graphical content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and specialized templates as well as recent shows. Improved image editing features include a background deletion tool and tools for correction, coloring, and cropping. You can also incorporate and format videos from inside PowerPoint to make them a part of a presentation, making it simpler to distribute and manage sophisticated presentations. You can also add 3-D transitions and are provided with an expanded library of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart tools, and additional SmartArt images with new layouts for organization charts and image diagrams.

    PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted lists into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting options for quick detailing. A slider makes it easy to alter the size of elements. A command for sending to iPhoto allows you to watch presentations using an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter Tools that enable you to keep your presentation properly timed and allow mid-show changes via the controls displayed in the presenterís window. Custom animation and 3D transitions permit you to make more dynamic presentations. A Format Font dialog box offers more precision in specifying typography options including spacing, size, and opacity.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 365 for Mac ConsultantsMicrosoft Office 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 space, the ability to suggest a new meeting time in answer to a meeting invitation, and the ability to view multiple calendars simultaneously. In addition, navigation has been modernized for switching between Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and Notes. Additional improvements include the convenient display of conversation threads in your inbox plus message preview to help you decide quickly how to handle new emails. With an Office 365 subscription, Full Screen Mode allows you to have several open messages or to run two instances of Office Outlook in split-screen view.

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    Office 365 Outlook for Mac allows side-by-side calendars for easier scheduling

    Microsoft 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, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows coexistence, sharing, performance, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Office Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contact information, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them easier to manage. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and able to be backed up and recovered with Apple Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been streamlined so you can quickly add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now automatically places your email, draft messages, sent mail and erased messages for all of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you donít need to look through separate email accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations feature automatically groups associated messages to simplify tracking and managing email threads. The Quick Look function allows you to view single or multiple file attachments that can include Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contact data from within any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To support moving from Windows to OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac now allows you to import .PST files without third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can immediately uncover scheduling conflicts. You can also add multiple categories to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 can transform voice messages into text messages and put them into your inbox to save time going through the process of checking voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives mobile users continual access to vital contact data. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence data in the Contact Card and launch Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call without leaving Office Outlook for Mac.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages based on the recipient. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 offers improved filters against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do notes that can be read via the My Day utility, which allows you to view your day's schedule and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage for Mac 2008 also offers closer integration with Exchange and offers more sophisticated scheduling functions. Progent's Microsoft Entourage 2008 experts and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac consultants can help you to enhance your Mac messaging system to work seamlessly with Exchange so you can team up with fellow workers using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 allows people to handle messages, addresses, calendars, and notes from a central application. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can connect to email via IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Microsoft Entourage 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Mac OS X and Windows clients by permitting users to connect to their accounts on Microsoft Exchange Server to handle messages, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync calendars and contacts, and set up meetings. Progent can help you to manage your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

Additional Components of Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 provides additional tools to help you to create, organize, and distribute information efficiently. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent can help you to integrate and support include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to support Instant Messaging, presence, collaboration, and conferencing. Functions include the ability to transmit to any computing device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of up to 15 participants to join in a conversation; message and presence blocking determined by permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate images and text; emoticon support; and customizable display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 users need to have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, included in Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous access to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered personal computers or to a remote server session to execute hosted applications and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. A new protocol improves speed and integration with Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability recovers a remote session if the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) enhances protection by verifying users prior to allowing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to set up and manage a solution for driving Windows computers 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 that allow you to use any standard web browser on almost any computing device to display, exchange, and lightly edit documents and files held remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. This permits cross-platform teamwork and helps mobile workers. For business use, Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention protection, file validation to protect against file fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox environment. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can help you to set up and maintain a Microsoft SharePoint web site to support Web Apps for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for co-authoring from virtually any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint consulting.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, presence, conferencing and voice solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be determined by calendar information, login status, or specified by the user. Lync for Mac runs in tandem with Microsoft Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Microsoft Lync technology allows users to ask contacts to participate conference calls or start a meeting directly from Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For more information about Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology specialists, see Microsoft Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support Your Business with Microsoft Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-premier consultants, Cisco-Premier network engineers, and macOS and OS X support professionals can assist your company to incorporate your Apple Mac systems and applications into a dependable and protected IT network, configure your Exchange Server to support the groupware features of Outlook for Mac, and provide Mac Education for Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a wide array of Microsoft Exchange support services such as system planning and installation, maintenance, protection, remote access, performance tuning, high availability, plus spam and Virus filtering and email encryption.

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