Could be several things, but it’s not.
Games? No. I just don’t play games anymore, and I don’t feel like I’ve really missed anything, even if they are really cool once in a while. I am just not a gamer.
Office apps, like Outlook? No. I barely check e-mail at home, and it’s all web-based anyway.
Any Active Directory stuff? No, although I figure I could get Samba working with it well enough if I had to – sounds like an interesting day project.
No, what keeps me tied, ever so tenuously, to Windows is TurboTax. I have looked everywhere, but cannot find a viable equivalent. Due to my more complex filing needs, I cannot use the online version – I have to get the boxed retail premium version. I do not use any other software from Intuit. And, in their defense, I have to say that despite being forced to use TurboTax due to a seeming lack of alternatives, the software itself is a real pleasure to work with – the user-interface is extremely friendly and intuitive. At least it is not built like Windows…
It would be nice if Intuit would port TurboTax to Linux, or if there were a Linux-alternative to TurboTax that was feature-rich enough to handle more substantial filing needs. I already pay – I would happily continue to pay for a Linux version (provided the price was comparable to that of the Windows version).
If this were the case, I could scrap my Windows VMWare virtual machine – loading TurboTax on it is not what takes time. Patching it is what takes time – I use it so infrequently that it gets seriously out-of-date and I need to patch it, rebooting the VM at least half-a-dozen times in general. Add to that the frustration of having it blue-screen because an update borked it, forcing me to roll-it-back, and you can see why I feel as I do. Honestly, TurboTax is one of those critical must-have applications for my home, even if it is just once a year.
It is the only single thing left for which I keep Windows around.