I was thinking of buying a Mac for my wife once her PC is dead. More than what kind of machine to buy, I have questions about what the Mac can do, as fits her PC activities. Please, let me know if a Mac can do the following (and how if it isn't apparent) to assist me in my decision: 1. Word processing as .DOC file - my wife needs to create MS Word .DOC files, and needs to be able to bring them to work for the Windows network. Can a Mac word processor save documents as Word .DOC compatible? Is a Mac word processor that can do this included with a Mac? 2. Windows/MSN messenger - A lot of her family lives outside of the US, and they all use MSN for video chats. Can a Mac program work with MSN, so she can use a web cam to see and talk with her family on MSN? This is important. 3. Use existing 17" LCD - Do Macs work with standard VGA/DVI LCD monitors? It would be a big savings to avoid buying an LCD. Also, are Macs USB compliant for after-market keyboards/mice, or do they still work only with proprietary Apple peripherals? 4. Are Macs ready to dual boot to an instance of WinXP out-of-the-box? Of course, I'd need the Windows XP media. This may be important, because she needs to submit some work documents on-line sometimes, with *GASP* IE-only company web sites. Is it quite easy to get WinXP running in case it is needed? Thank you in advance for the responses.