"Softwear by Microsoft"
It may sound like a bit of an odd move for Microsoft to be set to sell branded clothing, but considering the number of third parties profiting from MS-centric t-shirts (I for one have at least one knocking about in a drawer somewhere) it’s not really that surprising. Softwear, as the range is called is, then, in Microsoft’s words: a “clothing line that taps the nostalgia of when PCs were just starting to change our lives.”
Cunning or awful (depending on your point of vie) pun aside, the range is set to be available in ‘selected stores’ from the 15th of December. Whether that includes the UK or not is unclear, but I hope it does – geeky t-shirts are great stocking fillers, you know!
The line-up is partially designed by rapper Common, because of course every clothing line needs a trendy celebrity endorsement, and will apparently help “showcase the DOS days of the software company that now connects over a billion people.” Although in reality wearing Microsoft software will more likely showcase the wearer’s probable ability to help Stephen Fry get Vista working.
In America the t-shirts will start from $15 (~£10) which is pretty much par for the course for such garments. If anyone fancies buying me one for Christmas, the DOS design (up on the left) is my favourite.