Just a quick update: I decided to go with Microsoft Office 2007 after all. Microsoft Works just wasn’t cutting it.
Outlook is just better for e-Mail and has the calendar function. Word and Excel handle their tasks better, and if you get a word processing document, 99.9% of the time it will be a *.doc or *.docx file.
And Office 2007 seems to run just fine. I don’t load up the desktop with a lot of applications, so I’m not expecting problems.
(Buying the Office 2007 through Amazon saved some money too — I had run out of installations with my existing Office license.)