Office 365 for Mac IntegrationProgent's macOS and OS X experts can assist you to configure Microsoft Office 365 for Mac on a mixed-platform network so that Mac users are able to take advantage of the familiar features in Microsoft Word, Office Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for Mac in order to share information and network resources with fellow workers who use Windows-powered computers. Progent can also help you to assess the benefits of moving to Microsoft Office 365 for Mac from an earlier release of Microsoft Office for Mac and help you to plan and carry out an efficient migration plan. Progent provides 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 allows instant access to design elements and makes it simple to manage layout, colors and fonts across a document. A new Insights Pane automatically retrieves and displays relevant information from the web to provide useful context for authors and readers. Another new feature is threaded comments, which facilitates teamwork by allowing conversations and displaying them next to the related text. Improvements include simpler tools for inviting people to proof and edit documents, concurrent coauthoring of documents, and integrated Mail Merge tools that use Word, Excel and Outlook. As with current editions of Office Excel and PowerPoint for Mac, Office 365 Word for Mac lets you to navigate documents with familiar Multi-Touch gestures.

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    Office 365 Word for Mac simplifies layout management and collaboration

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 includes improvements in the areas of viewing, template control, publishing, image editing, typography, document search, sharing, and programmability. The new Focus View feature allows you to eliminate distracting content to increase the screen space dedicated to viewing your document. The new Word Document Gallery streamlines access to standard and customized templates and recently opened documents. Improved publishing capabilities include a better Publishing Layout view, the ability to reorder layers dynamically, and additional graphic editing tools including a background removal tool.

    Word for Mac 2008 introduced an improved user interface that has an extensible toolbar and incorporates a basic desktop publishing toolset through the Publishing View that provides increased precision in the positioning of text and graphics and enables users to chain text overflow from one page to any text box on any page. Other features available in Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 include OpenType ligatures for better looking fonts, and reference utilities that allow a variety of citation formats. Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 works with AppleScript but does not support Visual Basic for Applications. Progent's OS X consultants can help you to determine whether this restriction might impact your decision to migrate to Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

    Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 introduced a Notebook View that enables you to tag important sections, search for specified words and phrases, and add date-stamped voice recordings into your notes while you type. The Track Changes tool makes it more efficient to trace edits and enables you to accept or ignore edits from the comments. Reference Utilities permit you to access a dictionary or a thesaurus right from the Microsoft Office Toolbox, although there is also a hyperlink to Microsoft's discontinued Encarta online encyclopedia. The Navigation Pane allows you to navigate through your document using the convenient map and thumbnail view.

  • Excel for Mac
    Office Excel for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Excel for Mac and Excel for Mac 2016 include new PivotTable Slicers to enable you to detect patterns within massive volumes of data. A new add-on, the Analysis Toolpak, facilitates advanced statistical and engineering analyses. Compatibility with Windows versions of Excel is improved through 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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    Office 365 Excel for Mac improves interchangeability with Windows spreadsheets

    Excel for Mac 2011 includes enhancements in the areas of information and visualization, speed, graphics editing, programmability, data protection, and sharing. The innovative Sparklines feature offers an immediate visual summary of Excel information by means of miniature charts that are displayed inside a spreadsheet cell adjacent to the summarized values. Conditional Formatting has been enhanced to make it easier to format data using icon libraries, data bars, and color scales. You can sort and filter information by color and use multi- select filters and convenient fast filtering tools. Tables (previously known as Lists) allow you to make multiple groups of related data for easy manipulation and analysis.

    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 PivotTables have improved speed and closer compatibility with Windows versions of Office Excel. Improved editing tools and SmartArt images/ permit you to make polished-looking images/ without requiring outside photo-editing software. As with Word for Mac 2011, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support has returned, enhancing compatibility with Office Excel for Windows and offering new features including IntelliSense, watch windows, and a new Visual Basic debugging utility. You can manage access to workbooks by using Information Rights Management (IRM) and collaborate on secure workbooks across operating systems. To improve sharing, Excel for Mac 2011 permits you to create cross-platform workbooks and exchange dates between workbooks without being required to differentiate between 1900 and 1904 date systems.

    Excel for Mac 2008 supports the same number of cells as the Microsoft Windows version of Excel and introduced the Formula Builder for simplifying the creation of complex calculations. Excel for Mac 2008 also includes an Elements Gallery with templates for common applications including company payroll. Just like the 2008 version of Word for Mac, Excel for Mac 2008 doesn't support VBasic for Applications. Progent's Mac experts can help your business to evaluate if this restriction justifies an upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.

    Excel for Mac 2004 introduced a Layout View that allows you to read and manipulate on screen in WYSIWYG mode, conveniently zoom data to match your desired number of pages, and insert headers and footers with a click. Charting enhancements provide new color schemes and allow you to use the Formatting Palette for quickly updating your chart type, data, colors, weights, and special effects. Smart Buttons permit you to find and repair spreadsheet formula errors and control how AutoFill applies formatting to your data. Additional tools allow you to see the proper usage for a library of functions, and to click and drag to change ranges with the updated Range Finder. XML support allows you to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to collaborate on complex data.

  • PowerPoint for Mac
    PowerPoint for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac 2016 include the new Theme Variants function that makes it simple to alter the style of a presentation by switching the color scheme. As with new editions of 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 features. An improved Presenter View lets the speaker see the current and next slide, presentation notes, plus a timer while showing the audience just the current slide. An enhanced Animation Pane simplifies creating and updating professional-looking animations, and an enhanced Conflict Resolution View shows alternative edits to assist you to choose which edits 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, picture editing, video support, animations and transitions, layer and slide control, pacing, sharing, protection, search, speed, and programmability. PowerPoint's Media Browser provides easy access to a broad range of media sources including Apple iPhoto albums, iTunes playlists, and iMovie libraries as well as Clip Art and other graphical content. The Presentation Presentation Gallery simplifies management of pre-built and specialized templates as well as recently opened shows. New picture editing capabilities include a background removal tool and powerful utilities for correction, coloring, and cropping. You can also incorporate and format videos from inside PowerPoint for Mac to make them a part of a presentation, making it easier to distribute and control sophisticated presentations. You can also add 3-D slide transitions and are provided with an extensive collection of animations, extensible themes, enhanced chart making utilities, and more SmartArt images/ with new sets of organization charts and image diagrams.

    Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 introduced Smart Art for easily turning bulleted displays into a selection of flowcharts. The Object Palette utility consolidates formatting controls for quick updating. A zoom slider makes it simple to change the size of objects. A command for sending to iPhoto enables you to view presentations using an Apple iPod or iPad. Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2008 also works with an Apple Remote,

    Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2004 includes Presenter functions that enable you to make your presentation properly timed and let you make mid-show adjustments via the tools in the presenterís window. Custom animation and transitions enable you to make more engaging presentations. A Format Font dialog box provides more precision in specifying font characteristics such as positioning, style, and transparency.

  • Outlook for Mac and Entourage
    Office Outlook 365 for Mac ConsultantsOffice 365 Outlook for Mac and Outlook for Mac 2016 include a variety of new features like support for push email to keep your inbox up to date, online archiving to free up mailbox storage, the ability to propose a new meeting time in response to a meeting request, and the ability to see multiple calendars simultaneously. Also, navigation has been simplified for moving between Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and Notes. Other improvements include the display of conversation threads in your inbox plus message preview to help you decide quickly 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 Outlook in split-screen view.

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

    Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 takes the place of Entourage and has been redesigned to provide significant improvements in the areas of usability, scheduling, backup and restore, search, Windows coexistence, collaboration, speed, video conferencing, voice mail, mobility support, Instant Messaging, and presence. The Outlook for Mac database for email, contact information, and calendars is now stored in separate text files, making them easier to control. Office Outlook for Mac is also directly Spotlight searchable and able to be copied and restored using Apple Time Machine. Configuring accounts has been simplified so you can easily add Exchange-based accounts or accounts from popular services such as Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, MobileMe, Yahoo!, Windows Live, and AOL.

    Office Outlook for Mac now automatically puts your email, drafts, sent mail and erased messages for each of your mailboxes in consolidated folders so you no longer need to look through separate email accounts and multiple folders. The new Conversations capability automatically groups associated messages to simplify keeping track of email threads. The new Quick Look function allows you to view single or multiple file attachments including Office or PDF files, graphics, and movies. The new Contacts Search panel enables you to search your contacts from within any Outlook 2011 view by specifying any item in any contact field.

    To facilitate moving from Windows to Mac OS X, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac now allows you to import Windows .PST files without the need of third-party tools. For enhanced collaboration, Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 can stack shared calendars so you can quickly detect scheduling conflicts. You can also assign multiple categories to a calendar event. In conjunction with Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Outlook for Mac can transform voice messages into readable text messages and put them into your inbox to save time during the process of checking voice messages. New support offline contact data gives users 24x7 access to vital contact information. Running Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 or Communications Server with Communicator for Mac 2011, you can see presence information in the new Outlook for Mac contact card and initiate Instant Messaging, a voice or video conference, or a voice call from within Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac.

    Entourage 2008 features an Out of Office assistant that permits you to adapt out-of-office messages depending on who receives it. In comparison with Microsoft Entourage 2004, Entourage 2008 provides better filters against spam and phishing and offers To Do notes that can be read by means of the My Day tool, which enables you to see your day's events and To Do List on your desktop. Microsoft Entourage 2008 also offers closer interaction with Microsoft Exchange Server and provides more sophisticated calendaring capabilities. Progent's Entourage for Mac 2008 specialists and Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011 engineers can help your company to enhance your Mac email system to work seamlessly with Exchange Server so you can team up with fellow workers using Outlook.

    Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 helps people to manage messages, contacts, calendars, and notes from a consolidated location. Entourage for Mac 2004 can access messages using IMAP protocol, POP, and Microsoft's WebDAV. Entourage for Mac 2004 enables collaboration between Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows users by allowing users to connect to their data on Exchange Server to handle email, look through Exchange's global address list, synchronize schedules and addresses, and schedule conferences. Progent can assist you to manage your Microsoft Entourage for Mac 2004 environment or upgrade efficiently to Microsoft Office Outlook for Mac 2011.

Other Features of Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes other tools to assist you to produce, organize, and distribute information efficiently. Other powerful Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 programs that Progent's consultants can help you to configure and support include:

  • Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is part of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and is incorporated into Office Word for Mac, Office PowerPoint, and Outlook to enable IM, presence awareness, file sharing, plus conferencing. Functions include the ability to send messages to any device set up with MSN Mobile; the ability of as many as 15 participants to join in a conference; IM and presence blocking based on allowed, blocked, or not familiar status; the ability to exchange, view and annotate photos and documents; 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 Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and intended for operation with OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard, offers simultaneous connections to multiple remote Microsoft Windows-powered PCs or to a remote server session to run hosted applications and access files. With Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 you are able to print from Microsoft Windows programs to any Mac-configurable printer. An advanced desktop protocol enhances performance 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 protection by authenticating users prior to establishing a full Remote Desktop Connection. To find out more about Remote Desktop Connection for Mac 2 and about how Progent's consultants can assist you to configure and manage a solution for running Windows PCs from Mac OS X, see Remote Desktop Connection consulting.
  • Web Apps are companions to Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that allow you to utilize any full-featured browser on virtually any computer or smartphone to view, exchange, and edit files stored online on Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive or on a SharePoint 2010 site. This permits cross-platform collaboration and helps mobile workers. For business use, Office Web Apps should be run on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. Security improvements for Web Apps 2011 include Data Execution Prevention (DEP) support, file authentication to guard against fuzzing attacks, additional file block settings, and support for a protected-view sandbox solution. To learn how Progent's certified SharePoint experts can assist your business to set up and maintain a SharePoint web site to support Web companions for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for collaboration from any computer, see Microsoft SharePoint integration services.
  • Microsoft Lync for Mac takes the place of Communicator for Mac as the enterprise-level Instant Messaging, presence, video conferencing and voice solution included with Office for Mac 2011. Real-time presence awareness indicators can be based on calendar data, login status, or established by the user. Lync for Mac works in tandem with either Lync Online or Microsoft 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. Enhanced conferencing capabilities include descriptive roster results. For details about Lync Server 2010's features and the consulting offered by Progent's Lync technology experts, see Microsoft Lync Expertise.

How Progent's Consultants Can Support You with Office 365 for Mac
Progent's Microsoft-premier support professionals, Cisco-Premier network experts, and macOS and OS X support professionals can help your company to integrate your Mac computers and applications into a dependable and secure IT network, configure your Microsoft Exchange Server to work with the collaborative capabilities of Office Outlook for Mac, and provide Mac Training for Microsoft Office for Mac Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Progent can also deliver a wide array of Microsoft Exchange support services including system planning and integration, troubleshooting, security, remote access, performance optimization, service continuity, and Spam filtering and email encryption.

Get in Touch with Progent If You Need Office for Mac Help
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