Microsoft is back with its annual tradition of releasing quirky holiday sweaters, and this year's design is a nostalgic nod to the iconic Windows XP Bliss desktop background. Priced at $69.99, the sweater features a stylized version of the famous wallpaper, complete with fluffy clouds in a blue sky and green rolling hills.
What makes this sweater even more special is that the wallpaper image isn't a digital creation but a real photograph taken in 1996 in Sonoma County, California, by photographer Charles O'Rear. Microsoft acquired the rights to this image in 2000, and it has remained a beloved part of computing history.
In line with the holiday spirit, Microsoft has incorporated an oversized mouse cursor into the sweater's design, adding a playful touch to the iconic imagery.
The sweaters are available in limited quantities, and some sizes have already sold out. However, customers can request notifications for restocked sizes. Microsoft has pledged to contribute a portion of the proceeds from sweater sales to The Nature Conservancy, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting our planet.
This annual tradition of creating tech-themed holiday sweaters has become a fan favorite. If you're looking to blend nostalgia and holiday cheer this season, don't miss your chance to grab a piece of computing history in sweater form.