Bad luck, Christmas fashion fans. If you were hoping to get your hands on the hottest sweater released this season – Microsoft’s Ugly Christmas sweater – it’s already sold out.
Every year, Microsoft releases a new Ugly Sweater to add to the, frankly, frightful collection. Past years have seen Windows 95 and Windows XP given the Christmas jumper treatment.
This year it was the turn of MS Paint, the free art software that has shipped with Windows for decades. But if you were getting ready to hand over your $70 for that shocking piece of knitwear, you’re out of luck: they’ve sold out more quickly than Microsoft’s latest consoles from the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft’s annual Ugly Sweater release isn’t merely a fun bit of PR. Part of the proceeds from the sale also go to a good cause, and this year the benefactor was Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting more women into computer science.
Microsoft has a long history with questionable knitwear. Founder Bill Gates was often photographed in chunky knit during the early days of the company. Even in the 1980s, this was never the height of fashion.
Even to this day, Gates is still seen in questionable sweaters.
Perhaps this is why he’s barely involved at Microsoft anymore: his face just didn’t knit. (Sorry.)