Celebrate the holidays in style with this Clippy ugly sweater

Shawn Knight

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In brief: The holidays are upon us and Microsoft is getting in the spirit with the launch of its latest ugly sweater. This year's garb features Clippy, the overachieving Office assistant that many found outright annoying back in the 90s.

Microsoft's ugly sweater campaign started as a gag five years ago. In 2017, the company posted three made-up holiday sweaters on social media and asked users which one they preferred. It ended up being their best performing post that year and prompted Redmond to take it from concept to reality a year later.

The first Microsoft ugly sweater was the Windows 95 variant. Only 100 examples were made initially and sent to members of the press, high profile influencers, and Windows fans through social media. A Windows XP ugly sweater followed in 2019 and proved equally as popular so in 2020, Microsoft started selling them to the general public alongside a new MS paint sweater. For 2021, Microsoft went with a Minesweeper-themed sweater.

"Our fans really crave and love Windows nostalgia," said Megan Muehleman, senior social media manager at Microsoft. "It's always popular on our channels because we are one of the only 30-plus-year tech brands, so people have grown up with us."

If ugly sweaters aren't your thing, fret not as Microsoft has tons of other themed merch in its Xbox Gear Shop including apparel, home and office goods, collectibles and accessories. Over the summer, the tech giant partnered with designer Gavin Mathieu on a nine-piece clothing and merchandise line based on the Normcore style.

The new Clippy ugly sweater is available in small through 3XL sizes and comes in just one color, blue. Pricing is set at $74.99 and proceeds will go to the College Success Foundation, which helps make college accessible and affordable to underserved students from low-income families. Microsoft is also making a $100,000 donation to the organization, we're told.

If ordered today, it should arrive in plenty of time for upcoming holiday parties. Heck, you may even get it in time to wear during Thanksgiving dinner or Black Friday outings.

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CowsGotMilk

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They had other "Ugly sweaters" released at cosmic prices and cosmic ugliness. But they sold out everything. :D
 

mcclurken

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""Our fans really crave and love Windows nostalgia," said Megan Muehleman"
Really? I see it more like a celebration of the shared experience of a terribly annoying and useless product that we suffered and lived through. It's the commiseration of shared pain and the triumph of its defeat. It works well with Clippy because, while ultimately pointless, it also contains anthropomorphized earnestness and whimsy and easy gags. There may be some interesting psychology going on there but I'm sure it is pure accident, the unexpected emergence out of the chaos. Maybe in 20 years they'll release a Start menu with Candy Crush ads on the ugly sweater.....
 

BigRedPDX

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I called him paperclip Bob for ages haha! There was even a paperclip Bob fan club. I must have been in 6th grade when all of that happened, but if you right clicked on him you could select animate and he would go through his different animations lol