Microsoft is getting into the holiday spirit a bit early by offering MS Paint and Windows-themed “ugly” sweaters for sale on its online store, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale donated to Girls Who Code. The company made Windows XP and 95 sweaters in the past to give to influencers and super fans, but this marks the first time the company is selling a sweater directly to customers.
When the sweaters first went on sale on Tuesday, there were briefly three varieties of Microsoft “soft-wear” available for purchase: the previously mentioned MS Paint sweater and leftover stock of the Windows 95 and XP sweaters. When we first checked the store, those XP and 95 sweaters were already running low on stock, and they quickly sold out with only this year’s MS Paint sweater available.
- The MS Paint Ugly Sweater features icons for all your favorite tools. Image: Microsoft
- The Windows 95 Ugly Sweater prominently features the redesigned Windows logo the operating system launched with. Image: Microsoft
- The Windows XP Ugly Sweater is as essential as the operating system it’s based on. Image: Microsoft
Microsoft has had fun in the past with these promotions, even packaging the older Windows XP sweater inside a Windows XP-style box.
Microsoft’s ugly Christmas sweater is Windows XP this year. It even comes in a softwear box pic.twitter.com/Oz0lNhryPI— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) December 11, 2019
Since MS Paint comes installed on Windows rather than being sold separately, it’s hard to know how this year’s sweater will come packaged, but here’s hoping Microsoft’s goofy trend continues. Clearly, the company has some sweater fans among its ranks. Maybe it’s a latent bit of Bill Gates’ influence?
Whatever the source, the sweaters are now all in stock for $69.99 each, with $20 of each sale going directly to Girls Who Code through December 23rd. Microsoft says it plans to donate a minimum of $50,000 to the nonprofit from this promotion. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit dedicated to getting more women into the computer science field by offering classes and educational resources.
The relative ugliness of these sweaters is up for debate (personally, I think the MS Paint sweater looks pretty good), but if you’re nostalgic for the Windows of old, you can deck yourself out in time for a virtual ugly sweater party. Keeping on theme, Microsoft is also providing Windows and MS Paint backgrounds for Skype and Teams, if you want to look like you’re trapped in a drawing you made on your parent’s computer while video chatting.
Update December 4th, 1:21PM ET: Added information about the sweater restock.