Word is going around that the first service pack for Windows 7 will be released to OEMs tomorrow. The public release is expected to follow within the next two weeks.
WinRumors spotted a blog post by Microsoft Enterprise Services employee Alex Kibkalo, claiming that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is ready for release with the build string 7601.17514.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850. That build string lines up with claims from notorious leak site Wzor, who in late December identified the very same string as belonging to the final SP1 build.
The post stated that SP1 would be ''publicly available'' tomorrow, with Mr Kibkalo later adding in the post's comments that it would be released on January 15th ''Redmond time''. He also claimed an internal announcement marking the completion of the service pack had been made.
According to WinRumors, the release referred to in the blog post is only for OEMs, a claim supported by a another comment by Mr Kibkalo stating that SP1 could hit Windows Update in the next fortnight.