after some thought i got a copy of iWork ’08 from apple (their office competition). the ’08 version has a excel application (numbers), presentation software (keynote) and word processor (pages).
so far i have been really happy with the software! i have seen the older version and this looks like a really nice progression of the software. moving forward i would actually consider not investing in microsoft office and buy iWork and download openoffice to have some additional office suite compatibility.
thoughts, let us know.