For those who still need native windows apps, and we're not talking Wine compatible apps - Vmware workstation is "easy enough" to use. There are plenty of free alternatives, however myself and my group still work and develop much with Vmware. Therefore it's quite easy for me to work and deploy in and out of vSphere driven clusters.
First and foremost:
Downloading Vmware generally requires a license key - so that's a bummer for those who don't want to kick in some cash.
For those that have an account: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/home
Based on this, I downloaded an executable instlaler: VMware-Workstation-Full-9.0.1-894247.x86_64
However before we install we will need Linux Kernel Headers.
"sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)"
After that, you should be able to install vmware with "./VMware-Workstation-Full-9.0.1-894247.x86_64"