Hello Kubernetes community!
We hope everyone had a refreshing holiday season! Now it's already time to start the process for the first Kubernetes release of 2023: Kubernetes 1.27.
The release cycle will start next week on Monday 9th January, and we’re targeting Tuesday 11th April for the final release cut (the week before KubeCon EU!). The major milestones for the 1.27 release are the following:
My name is Xander Grzywinski, and I’m the Release Lead for 1.27, Heba Elayoty, Hossein Salahi, Priyanka Saggu, and Kat Cosgrove join me as Release Lead Shadows.
With us, we have some amazing role leads:
We are happy to have James Laverack as our Emeritus Adviser. 
Starting next week, we’ll send out some more detailed comms about the release.
Please don't hesitate to ping us on # sig-release if you have any comments, concerns, or questions.
On behalf of the Kubernetes 1.27 Release Team