My mother has had enough of her Compaq Athlon 1ghz and its frequent freezes, crashes, and overall crappy computing. To my surprise she inquired with me about how logical it would be for her to switch to macintosh. My mother, a PC users since the days of PC DOS 2.0 wants to switch to Macintosh!!!! Satan must be ice skating right now. It must have been the jpg i showed her of my powerbook with 56 applications open and no freezes/crashes. So my question is, do any of you switchers or cross-platform users ever have issues with Excel or any other MS Office documents converting badly to mac and or back to pc from mac? My mother spends 8 hours a day at work in front of Excel, so for her to do any work at home, its imperative that Office X meshes well with Office XP. The typical workload would be taking 100MB+ Excel spreadsheets from a PC, editing them at home on a Mac, and then taking them back to work on the PC for further editing. I'm going to do some realworld tests with some of her files in a couple weeks, but wanted to get some opinions first. i know theoretically it should all work fine cross-platform, but you never know with Excel. Another question, would her files translate to and from Appleworks okay? I'm so excited, it looks like if the software meshes well she'll be purchasing a 1GHz eMac, or if the budget allows, a 17" iMac. you cannot imagine how proud i am of my never-gonna-change, set-in-her-way, meat-and-potatoes, 55 year old mother, for taking such a leap.