I am on the verge of pulling the tringer on the NEW and/or updated MacBook that was announced today, and this would be my FIRST Mac. and in case it makes a difference, I do plan on also getting iWorks on my new system. The main programs that I depend on for my job are as follow: -Publisher (all of our materials are done and preformated in Publisher, so it's not about learning a new system, it's about being able to open and edit our existing Publisher files) -Word (Can I both open my old Word files with what is already on the Mac, and can other Windows based system open a file I create with my new Mac) -Adobe (Must be able to merge multiple PDF files from PDF files that I have created from Word, Publisher and other PDF files that have been downloaded from our different web sites...So a simple ability to read or just open PDF's would not be enough) -Outlook (I'm not all that sure that I want to keep Outlook if my new Mac has something that can do much of what I do with out look which is simple calander and contact management, BUT can I easily transfer ALL of my contacts and calander from my current Outlook to whatever is ALREADY on a MAC, or do I need to buy something in addition to do this) **So I guess my main question is which of these are going to work well on my new MacBook with iWorks without HAVING to buy MS Office for Mac, or having to do something in BootCamp. And I appologize up front if these all sound soooo basic or obvious to any of you. The only thing I have ever used on a Mac is Final Cut Pro, and have NO idea how to use the basic for my actual living (I do video projects on the side, but my primary job DEPENDS on the programs listed above, and all I know is Windows based systems). Thanks ahead of time for any and all help. I would love to see all of this work with just my MacBook and iWork, but I'm afraid that it may not. So your answers and help with be greatly appreciated.