On January 31st, 2009 WordPres 2.7.1 beta was released on the WP-Testers mailing list. For those interested, you can download it here or if you would like to automatically upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1-beta1, change the version in wp-includes/version.php from 2.7 to 2.7.1-foo and then visit Tools->Upgrade as per Ryan Boren.
2.7.1 contains at least 65 completed trouble tickets with another 50 set for the 2.7.1 milestone. However, looks like most of those will be moved to the next milestone which is 2.7.2 or 2.8. If you are interested in fixing any one of the available tickets for this milestone, please visit the 2.7.1 status page and make your presence known.
No need to ask when 2.7.1 will be released to the public as it will be when it’s done. However, lets turn this into a bar game. Guess the DAY in which you believe 2.7.1 will be released to the public. My guess is February 9th. You win bragging rights if you either get the answer right on or are the one closest to the day without going ahead.