Microsoft started the “Ugly” sweater trend back in 2018 by giving away a Windows 95-themed Ugly sweater. The theme of the “softwear” for 2019 was Windows XP, which was also part of a limited giveaway. This year, the theme for the sweater is Microsoft Paint and can actually be purchased from the Xbox Gear Shop. That is not all, though, as the company is also selling the Windows 95 and XP Ugly sweaters in the “Holiday Soft-wear shop” here.
This year, the company is also supporting Girls Who Code – a non-profit that supports women in tech with coding courses and more – through the form of donations from the sales of the sweater. The Redmond firm will donate $20 for every unit sold, while also contributing a minimum amount of $50,000. These donations will be made on the purchase of any of the Windows Holiday Sweater options from December 1 through December 23.
The new #WindowsUglySweater has arrived — and this year it’s supporting a fantastic cause! — Windows (@Windows) December 1, 2020
Get yours today (they disappear fast!) and you’ll be supporting @GirlsWhoCode when you do. Good deal, isn’t knit? 🧶
You can head to the Xbox Gear Shop for the MS Paint Ugly Sweater here, Windows 95 Ugly Sweater here, or the Windows XP Ugly Sweater here, which are currently being sold for $69.99. Those interested might want to act fast since the Windows 95 version is already out of stock at the time of writing.
Additionally, Microsoft is also adding MS Paint backgrounds for Skype and Teams calls to “accessorize” your Ugly sweaters.