Excel 2008 for Mac will offer worksheet templates with baked-in calculations designed to make it easier to balance household finances, manage inventory and other common tasks. The new Ledger Sheets features will include a gallery of elements, shifting formulas to the background.
In addition, the Entourage e-mail client will offer more support for Microsoft Exchange, which traditionally has enabled non-Mac PC users to make appointments and share notes and files with each other.
Each version of Office for Mac will cost about a dollar more than the 2004 editions. The $149 package will lack Exchange capabilities, while $399 buys the works: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Exchange-ready Entourage.