Office 365 for Mac ConsultantsProgent's Apple macOS and OS X specialists can help your company to configure Office 365 for Mac on a cross-platform environment so that Apple Mac users can benefit from the powerful capabilities in Microsoft Office Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for Mac to share information and network resources with colleagues who run Windows-based computers. Progent can also help your company to assess the advantages of upgrading to Office 365 for Mac from a prior version of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to design and execute an efficient migration plan. Progent provides integration support for all programs supplied with Microsoft 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 provides immediate access to design elements and makes it easy to control layout, colors and fonts throughout a Word document. A new Insights Pane automatically retrieves and shows relevant information from the web to provide rich context for authors and readers. Another new feature is threaded comments, which promotes teamwork by tracking conversations and displaying them adjacent to the associated content. Enhancements include simpler processes for inviting colleagues to review and edit documents, simultaneous coauthoring of documents, and integrated Mail Merge capabilities that utilize Word, Excel and Outlook. As with newer versions of Office Excel and PowerPoint for Mac, Office 365 Word for Mac allows you to navigate documents with Multi-Touch gestures.

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    Office 365 Word for Mac simplifies layout management and collaboration

    Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of document viewing, template management, desktop publishing, graphics editing, typography, document search, sharing, and programmability. The innovative Focus View feature allows you to remove distracting elements to increase the screen area available for displaying your document. The Word Document Gallery simplifies management of built-in and custom templates as well as recent documents. Improved desktop publishing functions 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 an extensible toolbar and incorporates a basic publishing toolset via the Publishing View that provides more control in the positioning of words and images and enables you to chain text overflow from one area to a specified text box on another page. Other capabilities built into Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference utilities that support various citation styles. Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can help you to determine whether this limitation should affect your decision to upgrade to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that allows you to tag important entries, find specified words and phrases, and add date-stamped audio into your notes while you write. The Track Changes feature makes it easier to trace edits and enables you to accept or ignore edits from the comments. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus directly from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta web encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to browse through your work using the convenient thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Office 365 Excel for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Excel for Mac and Excel for Mac 2016 introduce PivotTable Slicers to enable you to discover patterns hidden in massive volumes of data. A new add-on, the Analysis Toolpak, facilitates complex statistical and engineering analyses. Interchangeability with PC versions of Excel is enhanced with support for common keyboard shortcuts and for the majority of the functions included with Excel 2013 for Windows. Additional improvements include a better Formula Builder Pane and the ability to print to a single PDF file.

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    Microsoft Office 365 Excel for Mac enhances compatibility with Windows spreadsheets

    Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and visualization, speed, graphics editing, scripting, security, and collaboration. The new Sparklines capability provides an instantaneous visual representation of Excel data by means of miniature charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the summarized data. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data using icon sets, bars, and color scales. You can now sort and filter data by color and use multi- select filters and new quick filtering options. Tables (previously known as Lists) enable you to create multiple groupings of related information for efficient editing and analytics.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have enhanced performance and closer resemblance with Windows editions of Office Excel. New and enhanced editing tools and SmartArt graphics allow you to create professional-looking images/ without requiring extra photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and offering advanced features such as IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new VBA debugging tool. You can control access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on secure workbooks across operating systems. To improve sharing, Office Excel for Mac 2011 allows you to produce cross-platform workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 vs. 1904 date systems.

    Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 manages as many cells as the Windows version of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complex formulas. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with built-in templates for popular tasks including company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X consultants can help you to evaluate if this restriction justifies a migration to 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 data to match the right page count, and add headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements offer additional color schemes and enable you to use the Formatting Palette for quickly revising your chart type, data, colors, weights, and effects. Smart Buttons permit you to track down and repair spreadsheet formula errors and manage 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 change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML file support enables you to use XML to share data.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac ConsultantsMicrosoft Office 365 PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac 2016 include the new Theme Variants feature that makes it simple to change the look of a presentation by switching the color scheme. As with current versions of Office Word for Mac, a new Threaded Comments feature supports collaboration by displaying complete conversations adjacent to associated content. Teamwork is also improved with extensive coauthoring support. An improved Presenter View shows the speaker the current and next slide, speaker notes, and a timer while showing the audience only the current slide. An enhanced Animation Pane facilitates designing and editing professional-looking animations, and an enhanced Conflict Resolution View displays alternative updates to assist you to decide which edits 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 editing, video support, transitions, layer and slide control, timing, collaboration, protection, search, speed, and scripting. The Media Browser provides convenient access to a wide range of media libraries including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus shapes, Clip Art and other visual data. The PowerPoint Presentation Gallery streamlines management of built-in and specialized templates plus recent shows. New picture editing capabilities include a background deletion function plus tools for touchup, color, and cropping. You can also embed and format movies from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them an integral part of a show, making it easier to share and control complex slide shows. You can easily add 3-dimensional slide 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.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art graphics for quickly turning bulleted displays into a variety of diagrams or flowcharts. The Object Palette in the Toolbox consolidates formatting controls for fast detailing. A slider makes it easy to alter the size of elements. A command for sending to Apple's iPhoto enables you to view presentations with an iPod or iPad. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter Tools that permit you to make your slide show well paced and allow mid-show changes using the controls displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and 3D transitions enable you to create more dynamic slide shows. The Format Font dialog box provides more precision in specifying font options including positioning, size, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook 365 for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Outlook for Mac and Outlook for Mac 2016 include important new features such as support for push email to keep your inbox current, online archiving to conserve mailbox storage, the ability to suggest a new meeting time in answer to a meeting request, and the ability to see multiple calendars concurrently. Also, navigation has been simplified for switching between Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and Notes. Other improvements include the display of conversation threads in your inbox plus message preview to help you determine immediately how to deal with new emails. If you have an Office 365 subscription, Full Screen Mode allows you to have multiple open messages or to run two instances of Office Outlook in split-screen view.

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    Office 365 Outlook for Mac supports side-by-side and overlay calendars to simplify scheduling

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to provide significant improvements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restoration, search, Windows compatibility, collaboration, performance, voice and video conferencing, voice mail, mobility, Instant Messaging, and rich presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them simpler to control. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and capable of being copied and restored with Apple Time Machine. Setting up accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from major services such as Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now puts your email, drafts, sent mail and erased items for all of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you no longer have to check separate accounts and folders. The Conversations capability automatically groups related messages to simplify keeping track of threads. The Quick Look function allows you to preview file attachments that can include Office or PDF files, photos, and videos. The Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contact data from any Outlook 2011 view by entering any element in any contact field.

    To facilitate migration from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Outlook for Mac allows you to import Windows .PST files without third-party utilities. For improved collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can immediately spot conflicts. You can also add more than one category to an event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can convert voice messages into text messages and add them to your inbox to cut the time spent going through the task of checking voice messages. New support offline address books gives mobile users 24x7 access to vital contact information. Using Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can view presence information in the Outlook for Mac contact card and launch Instant Messaging, a video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

    Microsoft Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office utility that allows you to customize out-of-office notices depending on who receives it. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Microsoft Entourage 2008 provides improved filters against junk mail and phishing and offers To Do lists that can be accessed via the My Day tool, which allows you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also features tighter interaction with Exchange and offers more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 experts and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can help you to upgrade your Apple Mac email system to work transparently with Microsoft Exchange Server so you can collaborate with fellow workers running Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for you to stay on top of email, addresses, calendars, notes, and documents from a central application. Entourage 2004 can access email via IMAP, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows clients by allowing workers to access their data on Exchange Server to handle messages, look through Exchange's global address list (GAL), synchronize schedules and addresses, and set up meetings. Progent can assist you to maintain your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 system or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Additional Features of Office for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 provides additional utilities to assist you to create, manage, and share business information efficiently. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 tools that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and maintain include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint for Mac, and Outlook to support Instant Messaging, presence awareness, collaboration, plus voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any device set up with MSN Mobile; support for up to 15 participants to take part in a conference; IM and presence blocking determined by permitted, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, display and annotate photos and documents; emoticon support; and custom display pictures. Messenger for Mac 8 users need to 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 concurrent connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based personal computers or to a remote network server to run hosted programs and access files. Using Remote Desktop Connection you are able to print from Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-accessible printer. A new protocol improves speed and compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and an automatic reconnection capability recovers a session in case the network connection is lost. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves security by authenticating users before allowing a full connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection and about how Progent can help you to configure and manage a solution for running Windows PCs from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection support services.
  • 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 running on almost any computer or smartphone to view, share, and edit documents and files held remotely on Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows platform-independent teamwork and supports mobile users. For business use, Office Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security enhancements for Office Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention support, Office file validation to guard against file fuzzing exploits, expanded 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 build and maintain a SharePoint web site to work with Web companions for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for co-authoring from any computer, visit SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-class Instant Messaging, presence, video conferencing and voice client included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness data can be determined by calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac runs in tandem with Microsoft Lync Online or Microsoft Lync Server 2010, which has replaced Microsoft Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server. Lync allows users to ask guests to attend conference calls or initiate a conference from within Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 or Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing and descriptive roster results. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the support services offered by Progent's Lync platform specialists, see Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-expert support professionals, Cisco-Certified network experts, and macOS and OS X specialists can assist you to incorporate your Apple Mac systems and applications into a robust and protected IT network, set up your Exchange Server to support the collaborative features of Office Outlook for Mac, and offer Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a wide range of Microsoft Exchange support services including system planning and deployment, troubleshooting, protection, wide area connectivity, performance optimization, fault tolerance, plus spam and Virus protection and email encryption.

Contact Progent If You Need Office for Mac Help
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