Been using Mint since March on my own laptop (dual boot with win7), work laptop is win7. Hardly ever boot own laptop into win7 and don't like doing it. Reasons for using win software generally fall into two camps - I can't be bothered to learn a new interface/programme or it simply isn't available under Linux.
So my list...
- Excel - Top of my list. I earn my living driving spreadsheets (estimate the costs of complex v. expensive programmes). First used Excel in the late '80s on a Mac, suffered (and complained a lot) with the change in the user interface in 2007, but wouldn't change back now (occasionally MS know better). I know Excel inside out and would my VBA work in anything else? Work laptop is 2013, own laptop is 2007 under wine.
Word - as Excel, on a Mac in late '80's, bought V1 for win (3?) as a 'grey import' when it came out in the early '90's. Don't have to think where something is when using it. Work laptop is 2013, own laptop is 2007 under wine.
Powerpoint - don't use that much, so only for work = work laptop and no choices.
CorelDraw - have used since V1 (think under win7 I have X6 which is 'garbage' under wine), but have installed Inkscape, for what I do I'll probably make the switch, looks similar does the same things.
SmartDraw - a Visio look-alike but cheaper. LibreDraw does the same stuff, but I know how to use SmartDraw/Visio. As with most things, mine is old = V5.
Photoshop - in my case V7, I'm sure Gimp is the same/better, but I know how to use Photoshop.
Home Designer - a real one off, 3D CAD tool for buildings. Used it for various extensions, kitchen remodelling, etc., excellent for the money (think it cost me $50). Again old, >10 yrs, no linux alternative. Interestingly the version I have (6.0) runs better under wine than win 7.
- Internet - always hated IE, so early days was Netscape Navigator (which from memory came out before IE), then switched to Firefox then Chrome. So didn't have to think about Chromium.
Email - again Netscape in early days, then Thunderbird, so no change there.
Audio - was a fan of winamp. You can get audacious to look the same!