News hardware Microsoft is releasing the ugliest Christmas sweater of the year… and you can buy it!
The fashion for Christmas sweaters is so strong that even Microsoft cannot resist it: the American company has just formalized a model that will bring back (good) memories to those who were already using Word in the 1990s.
At Microsoft, the tradition of the ugly Christmas sweater dates back to 2017, the year in which the Redmond company caused a stir by displaying a fake Windows 95 jumper on social networks. against all odds, the hype had been immediateand since then the company has undertaken to release a new sweater each year, to satisfy fans of this amazing tradition.
It should be emphasized that Microsoft is doing this for a good cause, since each new edition of its Christmas sweater is linked to an association to which the profits are donated. So, if you decide to treat yourself to the 2022 edition, you are supporting the American NGO College Success Foundation: it helps American students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Clippy featured on Microsoft’s Christmas jumper
The basic concept of the Christmas jumper is that it should be very showy, very kitsch and potentially a little ugly, even if this appreciation varies according to the tastes of each one. This year, Microsoft has decided to dress up its sweater with Clippy, the former mascot of its Office office suite.
This is a character that those under 20 may not know, or maybe they do, since he attempted a comeback in 2019. Clippy mainly “worked” between 1997 and 2001a period during which this virtual assistant appeared when the Word or Excel user needed help using his software.
Clippy takes the form of a paper clip with eyes and eyebrowsand if it was supposed to help users, his often random appearances tended to annoy more than anything else. Clippy’s fate was sealed with the arrival of the Internet in homes.
A Microsoft sweater not only ugly: it is also very expensive
Microsoft’s ugly sweater displays Clippy on a stack of documents : the paper clip says “Happy Holidays”, which could be translated as “Happy Christmas holidays” at home. Patterns mainly reminiscent of Word on the front, but also on the back of the sweater.
If you want to offer yourself this Christmas curiosity, you will have to seriously put your hand in the wallet: it is available on the Microsoft Store for 73.95 euros. It’s expensive, but obviously, the product has followers, since various sizes are already sold out. At this stage, it is difficult to know if there will be a restocking, but we can still hope for it.
One thing is certain, by wearing this garment during the holidays, you may win the contest for the most nostalgic sweater of the year, if not the ugliest. And again, it’s debatable…