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The Windows XP ugly sweater. (Twitter via @tomwarren)

Microsoft seems to have rebooted a holiday idea from last season and is bringing back some “ugly sweater” soft-wear that pays homage to its classic software.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Tom Warren, a senior editor at The Verge, showed off the multicolored treads, and the box they came in, featuring the Windows XP logo. The box was labeled “pro-ho-ho-fessional” under the name of the software, which was originally released in 2001. On the back of the box, the contents were described as “easy-on installation” and “user-friendly” interface, among other things.


The Windows Twitter account — aimed at people who use the actual software to #DoGreatThings — seemed to tease that sweater news was coming on Thursday. A save-the-date tweet about a holiday party included a line urging attendees to wear something outlandish to take part in an ugly sweater contest.

Last December, Microsoft showed off a Windows 95 sweater and promised to give some away to fans who desperately wanted to rock vintage looking soft-wear. Thousands of people responded to the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant in hopes of getting hooked up. Including this guy …

Update, Thursday, Dec. 12: Microsoft and the windows Twitter account have confirmed that the sweater is definitely a thing again this year, tweeting on Thursday morning, “It’s back!” with more images of the ugly XP sweater.

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