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Microsoft turns iconic Windows XP “Bliss” wallpaper into Ugly Sweater News

This year's Microsoft Ugly Sweater takes on one of the world's most iconic photos. (Image: Microsoft)
This year’s Microsoft Ugly Sweater takes on one of the world’s most iconic photos. (Image: Microsoft)

Microsoft is once again offering an Ugly Sweater again in 2023, this time based on the “Bliss” background image from Windows XP. If you missed Bliss, you can download four variations of the iconic wallpaper for free, both for PCs and smartphones.

Hannes Brecher (translated by Jacob Fisher), Published 🇩🇪

After Microsoft’s Ugly Sweater was offered in a slick minesweeper look in 2021, this year’s edition pays homage to a Windows OS of days past. The “Bliss Edition” of the Ugly Sweater has the standard Windows XP background printed onto a sweater in a simplified color version that emphasizes the retro charm of the motif.

The pixelated mouse pointer in Windows XP style is not lacking either. The Ugly Sweater is made of 55% cotton and 45% acrylic. A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to The Nature Conservancy, thereby benefiting environmental protection. The latest Windows Ugly Sweater can be ordered from the Xbox Gear Shop for USD 107.95. Only the SM size is currently in stock, but stocks vary hourly. Although Microsoft delivers worldwide, shipping is from the USA, so buyers should expect longer delivery times.


Microsoft also provides that feeling of nostalgia for customers who don’t want to wear an Ugly Sweater, as the “Bliss” wallpaper can be downloaded in high resolution on the sweater’s official product page, either in landscape format for desktop computers or in portrait format for smartphones.

Microsoft includes three additional, highly stylized versions of Bliss, which have been simplified in color to better fit modern Android themes. The website also features a lo-fi soundtrack that is intended to recapture the essence of simpler times at the beginning of the millennium.

Hannes Brecher, 2023-11-30 (Update: 2023-11-30)

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