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I have purchased two macbbok pro for corporate use and would like to know the features which can be utilized as we are not Pro on MACbook.  These users are having iphones as well so any advanced features for sync applications (other than mails), keyboard shortcuts, backup.
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What servers are you using? Windows, macOS or Linux? What is your mail sever?
You can do almost anything you can do on a PC on a Mac.
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it is windows servers, but these mac machines are in the same network. exchange server is the mail server.

basically these two machines under utilised, meaning it is just installed, office is installed on both but how can we utilise it better in terms of advanced features
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What do you mean by advanced features?
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The key is almost anything.

File sharing:  Macs rewrote their own SMB stack and it's incomplete and still messes up when connecting to Windows File shares.  If you run into permissions or file locking issues, you currently just have to disconnect and reconnect to the file share and that will usually clear things up.  They're getting better, but it certainly still needs some work.

Microsoft Office:    Mac Office is no longer 1 whole version behind the Windows version.  Basic function are extremely compatible.  While the current version is much more compatible between the 2 platforms, there are still a few gotchas when you use advanced features when sharing between Windows and OS X.

Keyboard Shortcuts:  I remember it this way; Steve Jobs likes to Command, and Bill Gates likes to Control.  For the majority of the simple shortcuts just switch Command key (Windows Key on a Windows Keyboard) for the Control key.  Also, Macs are much more mouse centric.  Macs really need the mouse, as you can't control everything via just the keyboard.  Windows included default keys for all menu access and you can actually navigate all of windows with just the keyboard.  Windows PCs didn't include the Mouse with every purchase until Windows 95 came out, so their API reflected that.

Backup is easy with TimeMachine.  If you want to do it via command line, you use rsync instead of robocopy.

Learn the Command line and you can manage many more features that don't exist in the GUI.

The Control Panel equivalent is the System Preferences.

The equivalent to the registry is the defaults.  Use the command line defaults instead of reg to add an remove configuration.
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thanks serial band.

basically the users who are using this mac is not well versed with the functionalities hence we would like to know the mac features which can be deployed
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Why did you buy Macs in the first place if you don't know what you can do with them? As said, you can do almost everything with them. iCloud is fully integrated for example, works together with the iPhones they are having.
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There are lots of good basic books on the MacOS, PeachPit Press being a major provider for many years ago, try this

http://www.peachpit.com/store/managing-apple-devices-deploying-and-maintaining-ios-9780134301853

sounds good because it mentions deploying 'devices' with the OS which sounds like what you need. An Amazon search should provide plenty of publications
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Thanks for the posts
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