Windows 8 PCs Appear Prematurely
October 8, 2012

Windows 8 PCs Pop Up Prematurely On Home Shopping Network

Lee Rannals for — Your Universe Online

The Home Shopping Network's (HSN) website began offering a special on computers pre-installed with Windows 8 over the weekend.

The new Microsoft operating system isn't supposed to be going on sale until October 26, but one company jumped the gun by offering the operating system early.

The shopping site offered new Gateway notebook computers and new Acer computers available for sale with Windows 8 preinstalled.

ZDNet reported that the company said all five computer models are in stock and will ship immediately when ordered.

The models for sale have been confirmed to be computers designed to run Windows 8, and even feature the new Windows logo on their cases.

Microsoft responded to the ZDNet report, saying that HSN made the computers available 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," the company wrote to ZDNet. "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."

Scott Ledterman, Acer's Vice President for the U.S. Consumer, said the HSN move to post the company's computers was premature.

"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," Ledterman said in a statement.

After a search on's website for "windows 8," none of the PCs in question were found.