Please try to be impartial guys. I know this is a Mac forum and will undoubtedly get many responses saying go for iWork, you don't want any of the Dark Sides applications dirtying your beautiful Mac.. Back on track; getting my first Mac this summer, I want to know which one to get. I am very familiar with the Office setting, having used it all my life, even when I used to use Macs in one class in my old school, but it seems iWork is very intuitive, simple, and also costs $70 less. I also am aware that compatibility is not an issue, so don't throw that one at me. I'm just a little apprehensive about entering a new school year with several more challenging classes than last year and being stuck with a program I don't know as well as Office. Plus, for the rare occasion when I want to use Excel, is Numbers as good? From the tutorials online, it seems to me to be a little less "pro" than Excel; plus, it's Apple's first attempt at a spreadsheet application (or is it? I really don't know) and I really like Excel. Helpful advice would be much appreciated.