When I purchased my Mac last year I also picked up a copy of MS Office Student/Teacher edition. I'm going to during the Fall & Spring semesters so I figured that was something i'd definitely need. About a week ago, someone mentioned Openoffice on this board when I was having issues setting up Transmission. While I didn't download the suite in it's entirety, it got me thinking about the alternatives. Before I get bombarded with the "M$ $ucks!" posts, I'm looking for an honest opinion of user friendliness and functionality. How does the presentation of the application compare in regards to MS? I didn't purchase iWork because the guy at the Apple store told me that I may be better off getting MS Office because there may be occasions where i'd have a compatibility issue if i need to turn something into a professor electronically. One of my qualms with Office is that the programs are slower to load than most of my other applications. Now increasing the ram to 1gb made an noticable improvement, but entourage is a piece of....work (when trying to open it up) Also, please no posts of "download it yourself and try it out". My Mac has limited space as it is, and until i can upgrade my HDD, i have to be selective of what i download. Thanks in advance for your honest .02!