Confirmed: Windows 7 to debut October 22

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Microsoft officially confirmed on Tuesday that it will start selling its Windows 7 operating system on Oct. 22, 2009, in time for the holiday season when demand for computers is usually highest.

The new software will replace the current Windows Vista OS, which has been the target of much criticism and negative press.

Sure, Vista looks prettier than XP but it is too damn slow!

Microsoft released a nearly-final version of Windows 7, known as Windows 7 RC, last month and early reviews have praised the new OS for its stability and for its new user-friendly features.

In an interview, Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard’s computer unit, said that he feels good about Microsoft’s launch date.

“We’re locked and loaded for the launch,” McKinney said. “The quality of code is just absolutely stellar.”

Windows 7 will come in six flavors: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. It will run on PCs and notebooks as well as the increasingly popular netbooks.

Unfortunately, Microsoft did not give details on the pricing for the new operating system.