Ars Technica tells me that Windows 7 will be going on sale on October 22, 2009. There’s no news of pricing yet, though. My thinking is that it will be $50-$100 more per version than Vista is right now. We’ll see.
Anyway, I haven’t used Windows 7 in a couple of weeks. I mentioned that I had been playing with the release candidate and the first evening was very successful, apart from Netflix’s problems. Well, the second day, things started getting all crashy, at least when I used IE8. Not wanting to have a general system meltdown, I deleted it from the partition I had created, and went back to using Vista, getting my HDMI sound back in the process. In retrospect, however, I don’t know if it was 7 that was causing the problems, or if it was IE8.