Seems like the Home Shopping Network jumped the gun regarding selling Windows 8 hardware before it’s available.
Neowin reached out to Microsoft regarding the hardware and got this response:
Unfortunately, HSN made this offer without the support or authorization of Microsoft. Microsoft and major retailers are getting ready for general availability of Windows 8 devices on 10/26 and not prior to that date. Once Microsoft learned of the HSN promotion, we contacted them and asked that they discontinue the on-air and online offer since it is not yet 10/26, the date that marks the official availability of Windows 8.
It seems Acer piled on as well.
Scott Ledterman, Acers VP of Operations is quoted as saying:
“We are excited to support Windows 8 with great Acer and Gateway offerings starting on October 26, but this HSN offer came prematurely and we’ve requested its immediate removal.”
Not a good day for the Home Shopping Network.
Seems like a pretty major disaster for them. I wonder what failed for them to let something this major happen?
Apparently they still have Windows 8 related material on their site though.
Check out the video below: