what you need to know
- Microsoft has just released its latest ugly Christmas sweater with Clippy.
- Holiday-themed backgrounds are also available for Microsoft Teams.
- Microsoft also announced today that it will contribute $100,000 to the College Success Foundation, which helps low-income and underserved students.
With Halloween in the rear view mirror, the winter holidays are just around the corner. To celebrate, Microsoft just released a new ugly sweater featuring Clippy. The iconic mascot is also available in several custom background images for Microsoft Teams.
Many offices host ugly sweater parties during the holiday season. At the event, people can show their fun side with over-the-top sweaters that are so ugly they’re charming. Microsoft releases at least one ugly sweater every year.
Instead of suggesting ways to help you compose a Word document, Clippy says “Happy Holidays” into the two-tone sweater. Snowflakes appear throughout the design, just like Microsoft Office user interface elements. Clippy’s Ugly Sweater is available starting today through the Microsoft Equipment Store.
One of the Teams backgrounds shows Clippy on a stack of papers saying “looks like you’re on a Teams call.” Other images feature a real-life mascot, Clippy, who celebrates the holidays in a variety of ways, including serving cookies and bringing presents.
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You can download the custom background images via www.windowsuglysweater.com. While they are marketed as background images for calls and Teams meetings, you can use the photos anywhere you want. Our guide on how to use custom background images in Microsoft Teams can help make your meetings feel more festive.
In addition to launching its ugly Christmas sweaters and funds, Microsoft announced it will donate $100,000 to the College Success Foundation, which helps underserved and low-income students.