I'm about to purchase a Macbook Pro in a few weeks and want to know which programs and software you all recommend for IM purposes. I've never had a Mac before so I'm not really too sure what to get. The main programs I use on my Windows PC are: Word Excel Notepad Paint I will also need something to make power points and maybe some real simple video stuff. I don't do any programming/coding or any hardcore design work, so I don't really need anything that has to do with those. I've seen something called iWork and then there's also the basic MS Office for Mac as well. What is the main difference between these 2? They seem pretty similar. Also, do I need an anti-virus/firewall? I've heard Macs don't get viruses. Is this wrong? If I do need one, is Norton AV fine? That's what I use now on my Windows PC. Another thing I will need to do is set it up to run programs like Scrapebox and SE Nuke. I believe this would be called a Virtual Machine, but I have no idea how to do this. What is a good resource to learn how? Is there a way for me to link my Mac to my home PC so that I can run programs on my home PC from another location from my Mac? For example, if I'm at the library with my Mac laptop, can I connect to my PC at home and run some programs on my home PC while I'm not there? Anything else you guys recommend is appreciated. Sorry for all the questions, but I've never had a Mac so I just want to make sure I have everything covered. Thanks.