Microsoft recently announced that Windows 7 would be released on October 22nd, 2009. So with the release date question now settled, what Windows 7 features are you looking forward to the most?

Windows 7 does include a host of new program features, ranging from DirectAccess and BranchCache to faster system startup and a slick Windows XP emulation mode.

For a more comprehensive list of features offered in all of the different variants of Windows 7, see Paul Thurrott's Windows 7 FAQ on the Supersite for Windows. You can also check out our Guided Tour to Windows 7 for a video overview of what Windows 7 has in store for us.

Now it's your turn to provide feedback on what you think the most significant new features in Windows 7 are. If you don't like the features we've listed here, feel free to add your own favorites.