about 2 years ago I dumped MS Office for Open Office and tired it for a few months as I was sick of Microsoft at the time (Vista's launch was a nightmare) but after using Open Office for a while even with it's updates I found Microsoft Office 2007 to be a superior product, especially Excel in terms of functionality and ease of use. Also, strangely, Microsoft Office launches quicker and saves files in a smaller file size (more efficient). Maturity has it's advantages. I even tried switching to linux before but couldn't give up Adobe CS, almost switched to Mac until i talked with friends who have used Macs for years let me know that the new Macs, although very good machines, do crash sometimes. My XP Pro box very rarely crashes and my designer's Vista box with SP1 never crashes. Bottom line is I respectfully ask people to be careful not to voice opinion as fact and to try not to speak above their knowledge level. Feel free to state opinion and share personal experiences and of course feel free to ask questions, but as bill stated, the anti-MS nastiness doesn't help anyone. Competition and threat of losing business has made MS better.