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The new suite replaces Microsoft Office v. X for Mac, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint; the latest version of Entourage, Internet Explorer for Mac; MSN for Mac OS X, MSN Messenger for Mac and Virtual PC for Mac.
Believe it or not, Excel is all I use. The textEdit is fine for me on documents. I have an old Powerpoint on "classic." Still, I'm thinking I need to spend the $300 for this. But, I can't figure out why.
"I was only in there to get directions on how to get away from there."
-Seymour Skinner, The Simpsons
Are the file formats going to change again? If so, what's the cheapest way of dealing with the new formats?
timster, have you looked into AppleWorks - I think it opens most Word docs and may well open other MSOffice files too? OpenOffice should do it too although I have not tried this whole X11 bit yet.
Likewise, TextEdit isn't quite accurate enough for me in reading all the formatting Word documents often have.
MS is very good at making products that don't play well with others. AppleWorks and TextEdit do pretty well, but sometimes not good enough.