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Microsoft Releases Windows Ugly Sweater: Bliss Edition

Recalling a Classic

Inspired by the iconic Bliss wallpaper, Microsoft has released a limited edition Windows Ugly Sweater, aptly named Bliss Edition. The knit soft-wear, made of 55% cotton and 45% acrylic, is a true eye candy.

Beauty in Ugliness

Despite being called "ugly," this sweater is anything but. Its design pays homage to the famous image that graced the default wallpaper of Windows XP operating systems. The serene Bucolic Green Hills, now known as Bliss, continues to captivate viewers with its natural beauty.

Hot Item

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to snag one of these sweaters for an ugly Christmas sweater party, you may be out of luck. The demand for the Bliss Edition was so high that most sizes have already sold out. It seems the early birds got the worm, leaving latecomers like myself empty-handed.

A Global Phenomenon

Bliss, captured by photographer Charles O'Rear in California's wine country in 1996 and acquired by Microsoft in 2000, is believed to be the most viewed photograph in the world. With billions of people having laid eyes on it, the image has become synonymous with the Windows XP era.

Missed Connections

While many young people may not recognize the iconic Bliss wallpaper, they are truly missing out. Windows XP was hailed as one of the best operating systems of its time, and its default image remains etched in the memories of those who experienced it.

So, if you were lucky enough to snag a Bliss Edition sweater, consider yourself part of an exclusive club. For the rest of us, we'll have to settle for admiring the beauty of Bliss from afar.