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But Macs read CDs just fine as long as they aren't formatted for PC. Most CD burners will allow you to burn data straight onto a CD... what people sometimes do, however, is use a PC Formatted burning style, which allows them to drag-n-drop folders and what not onto the disc itself. I wouldn't recommend doing that on a CD you're going to need to read on a Mac.
And even though your question was not whether Macs can read MS Office files, the previous poster is correct in that any modern Mac with MS Office:Mac will read those files just fine... so perhaps a better route is for these people to ftp those files to a server that you can then download them from.
One of the issues you'll be faced with is file naming conventions. That has probably been one of the biggest issues we've seen.
Mac OS (at least prior to OS X) has a 31-character length limit on filenames. Windows does not have this limit.
When the above is encountered, all sorts of connections break between supporting files. It is rather frustrating and tedious to deal with. Rename the files prior to transfer and limit them to 31 characters or less unless of course you are on OS X+.