Umm wow.

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:

Source: Neowin

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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