Wine. There are a lot of benefits to switching to Linux and especially in a time of recession. You will have access to thousands of great and free software waiting for you to discover. Make the switch to Linux and you will save yourself a lot of money.
For newcomers we recommend Ubuntu which is a great Linux operating system. It is completely free, has strong financial backing and is very easy to use. Currently it is the most popular Linux distribution and has a great community of people that are willing to help you out if you have any questions.