Microsoft's Mac Business Unit is preparing to release Office 2008 for Mac, and has offered on final glimpse at some new features of the productivity suite.

Excel 2008 offers multiple improvements, including helpful new formula tools and a significantly increased grid workspace.

Found in the updated Excel 2008 Toolbox, Formula Builder walks users through the steps needed to create the perfect formula for any occasion, while Formula AutoComplete offers a dynamic drop-down menu of functions and names when you begin entering in a nw formula.

As part of Mac BU’s ongoing efforts to satisfy power users while enhancing the everyday user experience, Excel 2008 introduces increased rows and columns. This expansion matches the Windows Office System 2007, so all Excel spreadsheet users on Macs and PCs will have access to up to 16,000 columns and more than 1 million rows.