Microsoft has exposed a little more information as to what's inside Office 2008 for Mac, this time looking at user-focused Excel Ledger Sheets.

Ledger Sheets use Excel but are designed to make it simple to handle common budget management tasks using pre-formulated cells.

Ledger Sheets are accessible from the Elements Gallery and are designed to be useful for people who don't necessrily make great use of Excel. There's templates for cheques, accounts and investment portfolios, all pre-populated with appropriate formulas.

It's the third update to the company's Office-focused website as Microsoft engages in its campaign to generate interest in the 15 January release of its suite of productivity tools.

Most recently the company confirmed better Exchange support in the future version of Entourage, particularly in terms of calendar event syncing in workgroups.

Microsoft also recently explained Toolbox, a collection of tools for Office for Mac which combines the original Toolbox and Formatting Palettes.

Office 2008 for Mac will also offer better document handling and formatting and more powerful publishing tools for users.

The company also recently revealed My Day, a standalone application that provides an at-a-glance view of daily schedule and tasks to help users stay on top of priorities.

Office 2008 for Mac will support the Office Open XML file format and the package will be a Universal Binary that runs on both Power PC and Intel-based Macs.

Three versions of the suite will be available: the basic package includes all the Office applications. The Home and Student Edition is targeted at consumers and includes a three-user license. The Special Media Edition comes with all Office software and the Expression Media for Mac image-management application.