The long-awaited release of Windows Vista's successor, Windows 7, is coming soon! The Release Candidate of Windows 7 (the stage past beta testing, but before commercial retail availability) is available for download currently. This version is sure to be pretty similar to the final version of Windows 7 that will be released for consumers; however, the retail version will have some updates and fixes. Previous press releases hinted that Windows 7 would be commercially available before the 2009 holiday season. Microsoft presumably wants to ship Windows 7 in time for it to be sold with the many new computers that are sure to be sold during the 2009 holiday season. Microsoft announced today that Windows 7 will be commercially available on October 22nd.