I use the basic appleworks for word processing and spread sheets etc. Is this still included in the new macbook pro. I have a macbook at the moment and want an illuminated keyboard so am thinking of changing. Is it worth it?
No. Appleworks was replaced by the iWork suite. Appleworks is that old that it was made before the latest Intel Macs, and therefore designed to work on the PPC CPU and whilst it may work well using Rosetta, you would be better off upgrading your software.
open office (www.openoffice.com) is a good and comprehensive suite for Mac or Win, it is a bit clunky to use but works with most file types, and offers good basic w/p. spreadsheet and presentation. iWork is sensational for the money, though!