Microsoft Office 365 for Mac ConsultantsProgent's macOS and OS X specialists can help your company to configure Office 365 for Mac on a cross-platform network so that Mac users can benefit from the familiar features in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for Mac in order to share information and peripherals with fellow workers who run Windows-powered computers. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the advantages of upgrading to Office 365 for Mac from a prior version of Microsoft Office for Mac and assist your company to plan and execute an efficient migration plan. Progent offers integration support for all applications 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 instant access to design elements and makes it simple to control layout, colors and fonts throughout a Word document. A new Insights Pane automatically retrieves and shows relevant information from the web to deliver useful context for authors and readers. Another new feature is threaded comments, which facilitates teamwork by tracking conversations and displaying them adjacent to the associated content. Improvements include easier tools for inviting people to review and edit documents, concurrent coauthoring of documents, and more powerful Mail Merge tools that use Word, Excel and Outlook. As with current versions of Excel and PowerPoint for Mac, Office 365 Word for Mac allows you to navigate documents with familiar Multi-Touch gestures.

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    Microsoft Office 365 Word for Mac streamlines layout management and collaboration

    Word for Mac 2011 features enhancements in the areas of viewing, template management, desktop publishing, image editing, typography, search, collaboration, and automation. The new Focus View tool enables you to eliminate distracting content to maximize the screen space available for viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to built-in and customized templates as well as recently opened documents. Enhanced publishing functions include a better Publishing Layout view, the dynamic layer order, and more comprehensive image editing tools including background removal.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has an extensible toolbar and incorporates a basic publishing toolset via the Publishing Layout View that offers increased precision in the positioning of words and images and allows users to link text overflow from one page to a specified text box on another page. Additional features built into Word for Mac 2008 include support for OpenType ligatures for more professional-looking type, and reference utilities that support a variety of citation styles. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 supports AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can help you to evaluate whether this restriction might affect your decision to migrate to Word for Mac 2011.

    Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook Layout View that allows you to tag important entries, find specified terms, and record time-stamped audio into your notes while you write. The Track Changes feature makes it more efficient to trace edits and enables you to accept or reject edits from the comment balloons. Reference Tools allow you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Office Toolbox, although there is also a link to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane enables you to browse through your document using the improved map and thumbnail view.

  • Microsoft Excel for Mac
    Office Excel for Mac Consulting FirmOffice 365 Excel for Mac and Excel for Mac 2016 include new 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. Compatibility with Windows versions of Excel is enhanced through support for common keyboard shortcuts and for the majority of the functions included with Office Excel 2013 for Windows. Other 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 enhances interchangeability with Windows spreadsheets

    Excel for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of data analysis and visualization, performance, image editing, programmability, data protection, and collaboration. The new Sparklines feature provides an instantaneous visual summary of Excel information via tiny charts that fit within a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the associated values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data using icon libraries, bars, and colors. You can now sort and filter information by color and can access multiple- select filters and new fast filtering options. Excel Tables (before known as Lists) enable you to make multiple groupings of associated data for easy manipulation and analytics.

    Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer resemblance with Windows versions of Excel. New and enhanced editing capabilities and SmartArt graphics permit you to make professional-looking graphics without the use of extra photo-editing tools. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has been resumed, improving compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and introducing new capabilities 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 platforms. To improve collaboration, Office Excel for Mac 2011 enables you to produce cross-platform workbooks and transfer dates between workbooks without having to distinguish between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 manages the same number of cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for streamlining the writing of complicated calculations. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 also comes with an Elements Gallery with templates for common tasks including company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Microsoft Office Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't work with VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac OS X experts can help you to determine if this limitation justifies an upgrade to Office for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Page View that enables you to review and edit on screen exactly what will print, conveniently zoom content to match your desired number of pages, and add headers and footers with a click. Charting improvements provide new color combinations and enable you to utilize the Formatting Tool for instantly updating your chart class, content, fills, weights, and effects. Smart Buttons enable you to find and fix spreadsheet errors and control how AutoFill formats your data. Editing/function 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 enables you to employ Extensible Markup Language (XML) to share data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac Consulting FirmOffice 365 PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac 2016 include the new Theme Variants feature that makes it easy to change the style of a presentation by switching the color scheme. As with new versions of Word for Mac, a new Threaded Comments feature promotes collaboration by displaying complete conversations adjacent to associated content. Collaboration is also enhanced with extensive coauthoring features. An improved Presenter View lets the speaker see the current and next slide, speaker notes, plus a timer while showing the audience just the current slide. An improved Animation Pane facilitates designing and editing professional-looking animations, and an enhanced Conflict Resolution View shows alternative updates to help you to decide which versions to retain.

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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 functionality in the areas of template organization and customization, image editing, video support, animations, layer and slide management, pacing, sharing, protection, search, speed, and scripting. PowerPoint's Media Browser allows easy access to a wide range of media sources including iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie collections plus Clip Art and other visual content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies control of pre-built and specialized templates plus recently opened shows. Improved image editing features include a background deletion tool plus powerful utilities for touchup, color, and trimming. You can also incorporate and format movies from within PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a presentation, making it simpler to distribute and control sophisticated slide shows. You can also include 3-D slide transitions and are provided with an extensive library of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and more SmartArt graphics with new sets of org charts and picture diagrams.

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 includes Smart Art graphics for quickly converting bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility organizes formatting options for fast detailing. A zoom slider makes it simple to change the size of objects. An option for exporting to Apple's iPhoto allows you to view slide shows using an iPod or iPad. PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also is compatible with an Apple Remote,

    PowerPoint for Mac 2004 introduced Presenter functions that enable you to keep your presentation properly timed and let you make real-time changes using the controls displayed in the presenterís view window. Animation and 3D transitions enable you to make more dynamic presentations. A Format Font dialog box gives you increased control in specifying font options including positioning, style, and opacity.

  • Office Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Outlook 365 for Mac Consulting FirmMicrosoft 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 up to date, online archiving to conserve mailbox storage, the ability to propose a new meeting time in response to a meeting invitation, and the ability to see multiple calendars concurrently. In addition, navigation has been modernized for moving between Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and Notes. Other improvements include the convenient display of message threads in your inbox plus message preview to help you decide quickly how to handle new emails. If you have an Office 365 subscription, Full Screen Mode allows you to have several open messages or to operate two instances of Office Outlook in split-screen view.

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

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Microsoft Entourage and has been re-architected to deliver substantial improvements in the areas of email creation and management, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows integration, sharing, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Office Outlook for Mac database for email messages, contacts, and calendars is now saved in separate text files, making them simpler to control. Outlook for Mac is also Spotlight searchable and capable of being backed up and restored using Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can quickly add either Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services such as Gmail, Hotmail, Apple MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now automatically puts your email, draft messages, sent mail and deleted messages for each of your mailboxes into consolidated folders so you no longer have to check separate email accounts and multiple folders. The Conversations capability automatically groups associated messages to save time keeping track of threads. The new Quick Look function allows you to view file attachments that can include Microsoft Office or Acrobat PDF files, photos, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel allows you to search your contacts from any Outlook for Mac view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To support migration from Windows to Mac, Office Outlook for Mac 2011 now allows you to import Windows .PST files without the need of third-party utilities. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac can stack shared calendars so you can quickly detect conflicts. You can also assign more than one category to a calendar event. With Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can convert voice messages to text messages and add them to your inbox to save time during the process of reviewing voice messages. Support for offline contact data gives mobile users 24x7 access to vital contact information. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Microsoft Communications Server with Microsoft Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence information in the new Contact Card and launch IM, a voice or video conference, or a voice call without leaving Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office utility that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages based on who receives it. Compared to Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage for Mac 2008 provides improved defense against junk mail and phishing and provides To Do lists that can be read by means of the My Day utility, which enables you to view your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Entourage 2008 also offers tighter interaction with Exchange and offers more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Entourage 2008 specialists and Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can help you to enhance your Mac messaging system to work transparently with Exchange Server so that you can collaborate with fellow workers using Microsoft Outlook.

    Entourage for Mac 2004 makes it easy for people to manage email, contacts, calendars, and notes from a consolidated application. Microsoft Entourage 2004 can connect to email using IMAP protocol, POP, and WebDAV. Entourage 2004 enables teamwork between Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows users by allowing users to connect to their accounts on Exchange Server to handle email, search Exchange's global address list (GAL), sync calendars and addresses, and set up conferences. Progent can help you to support your Entourage for Mac 2004 system or migrate efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

Additional Features of Office for Mac 2011
Office for Mac 2011 provides additional utilities to assist you to produce, manage, and distribute business information productively. Other powerful Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can assist you to integrate and support include:

  • Messenger for Mac 8 is included in Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac to support IM, presence awareness, collaboration, and voice and video conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any computing device that uses MSN Mobile; the ability of up to 15 people to join in a conference; message and presence filtering determined by permitted, blocked, or unfamiliar status; the ability to exchange, display and comment on photos and text; emoticon support; and custom display graphics. Microsoft Messenger for Mac users must have a Windows Live ID account.
  • Remote Desktop Connection, available with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and designed for use with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-based personal computers or to a remote server session to run hosted programs and exchange files. Using Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from within Windows applications to any Mac-configurable printer. A new desktop protocol enhances performance and integration with Microsoft Windows 7 and an auto-reconnect capability restores a remote session if the network connection is interrupted. Network Level Authentication (NLA) improves security by verifying users before allowing a full connection. To learn more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can help you to set up and manage a system for driving Windows-based computers from a Mac, see Remote Desktop Connection consulting.
  • Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to use any standard web browser running on virtually any computer or smartphone to display, share, and edit files held remotely on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 web site. This allows cross-platform teamwork and supports mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps require SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file authentication to guard against fuzzing exploits, expanded file block settings, and the ability to create a locked-view sandbox environment. To find out how Progent's certified SharePoint consultants can help your business to build and manage a SharePoint site to support Web Apps for Mac Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2011 for collaboration from any computer, visit Microsoft SharePoint support.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac replaces Microsoft Communicator for Mac as the advanced Instant Messaging, presence, conferencing and voice solution included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. Rich presence data can be based on calendar data, login status, or specified by the user. Microsoft Lync for Mac runs in tandem with either Lync Online or Lync Server 2010, which has taken the place of Office Communications Server and Microsoft Live Communications Server. Lync technology allows users to invite contacts to attend conference calls or initiate a meeting directly from Outlook for Mac 2011 or Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011. Enhanced conferencing features include desktop sharing. For more information about Microsoft Lync Server 2010's capabilities and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync platform experts, see Microsoft Lync Consulting.

How Progent's Consultants Can Help You with Office for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-certified support professionals, Cisco-Premier network experts, and macOS and OS X specialists can assist your company to incorporate your Mac systems and applications into a dependable and secure IT network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to support the groupware features of Outlook for Mac, and offer Mac Education for Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also provide a wide array of Microsoft Exchange consulting services including system planning and installation, maintenance, security, remote connectivity, performance optimization, fault tolerance, and Spam protection and email encryption.

Contact Progent If You Need MS Office for Mac Help
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