You can buy iWork now, and no doubt thousands of people are doing just that.
The important thing to remember is that iWork is not competing with Microsoft Office. Sure, there are similar features, and admittedly Keynote does compete more directly with Powerpoint.
But iWork is not an office productivity suite, nor is it intended to be. There used to be some heated arguments about this; some people said Apple was working on a word processor to compete with Word; others said such a move would annoy Microsoft, and Apple couldn’t afford to lose Office:mac.
With hindsight, we can see that both of these were simplistic views. Apple has created Pages, and it does process words, but it’s not going to compete with Word. It’s a consumer-level desktop publishing app; it’s iMovie for paper. It means ordinary people can make spectacular printed documents.
Microsoft’s Apple Business Unit has invested too much in Office:mac to give up just because Pages has come along. They certainly don’t consider it a competing app, either. It simply doesn’t offer anything like the feature set found in Word; look at the screenshots at Apple-x.net and you’ll see what I mean.
And work is well underway on a new version of Office, one that uses the new technologies in Tiger. Microsoft is quite happy to tell us that.
Got your copy of iWork installed yet?