There's nothing that screams to me "must get immediately". Time Machine looks pretty cool, but I'm a little nervous about my co-workers abusing that feature to the point of frustration (for me, that is). IMO, Spaces is something that should have come with the first edition OS X.
While I am sure there are some bells and whistles worth having eventually, I think waiting few months isn't a bad idea. No matter what, it can't be worse than that other operating system.
And for what its worth, the new version of Ubuntu is pretty cool. I'm actually more excited about that upgrade.
This smells like a VBA problem. VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) is the language used for automating MS-Office. MS provides an object model API for every office application that's pretty well documented. (example - http://msdn.microsoft.