The situation: I've a long-time PC owner but Mac user (on horribly outdated machines in various labs). I have an iMac G4 on order and am fully committed to "making the switch," so to speak. I will definitely be purchasing MS Word X, because I do freelance book editing/indexing and need the compatibility (yes, I realize that AppleWorks is fully compatible - but try telling that to an 80-year-old professor who is hesitant to give you the job at all!). My dilemma is this: I'm finishing school in May and will likely be taking at least a year off before gradute school. So, given the opportunity to buy the whole Office suite for just $200, should I do so? I've never used and likely never will use Excel, use PowerPoint only for simple slideshows that will easily be done by AW (or iPhoto/Movie), and honestly am overwhelmed by the complexity of Entourage. I'm concerned about the accusations that Office is "bloatware" - but then again, I'm still in the "don't want to fill up my 10 gig HD" paradigm. I'd only save $80 by only getting Word. And, the reason I'm trying to decide before I actually receive my computer (to preempt any "take the test drives and see what's best for you" posts) is that I ws given a 350+ manuscript to index last week. I'm not sure when my iMac will arrive, but when it does I need to be able to hit the ground running, so I'm going to place my order for Word or Office this week. What would you do?