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Microsoft & Acer Tell HSN to Stop Sales of Windows 8 PC’s

October 8, 2012 No Comments

Yesterday we alerted everyone on the fact that HSN has begun advertising and selling Windows 8 PC’s from ACER and Gateway. This was obviously not planned by either party and especially not Microsoft since Windows 8 officially launches on October 26th.

ZDNET captured a few comments from Microsoft and Acer on the matter.


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.

An e-mailed statement included this quote from Peter Han, Microsoft’s VP, US OEM: “We are looking forward to Windows 8 General Availability on October 26, when customers can take delivery of Windows 8 PCs at retail for the first time.”

The e-mail also included this quote from Scott Ledterman, Acer’s VP, US Consumer: “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.”


We imagine that these products will be taken off their site sooner than later.

You can check it out though here before it gets taken off.



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