Microsoft has rained on HSN's Windows 8 sales parade

Earlier this morning, we reported that the HSN.com website had a selection of PCs from Acer, pre-installed with Windows 8, available for sale for immediate shipping. The post was made over two weeks before PCs with Windows 8 could officially go on sale on October 26th.

We contacted Microsoft for comment and today we received a response from one of their spokespersons. The company stated:

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.

Microsoft's email also included a statement from Scott Ledterman, a VP at Acer's US operations. He 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.”

Indeed, when searching for "Windows 8" on HSN.com, all of the listings for the Acer PCs have now been taken away. However, there are still a series of videos posted on the site, created by HSN, that offer brief tutorials on Windows 8.

The HSN.com YouTube channel also has a clip, taken from Sunday's TV broadcast on the company's cable TV network, that shows the presenter actually selling the Acer-made Gateway 15.6 inch and 17.3 inch notebooks, with Windows 8 installed, on live TV. It's currently unknown if any of the Acer PCs sold on HSN were actually shipped to customers.

Image via HSN.com

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I watched one of the presentations on Saturday afternoon and the one I watched they said that the laptop would ship the week of October 26. They didn't give the impression in the one I watched that they were going to ship immediately.

This was brilliant actually, get all these people excited before the OS gets released. Acer knew exactly what they were doing here, this was no mistake.

HSN does pretty good job of selling. Too bad the learning curve will be a little steeper than they make it seem, and no touch screen, pretty funny. $699? Not...

as someone who is happy with Win7...i just dont get Win8. It looks like it would slow my productivity down. Ah well to each his own. HSN is ghey.

the420kid said,
as someone who is happy with Win7...i just dont get Win8. It looks like it would slow my productivity down. Ah well to each his own. HSN is ghey.

Again with the ModernUI hate.

I'm not exactly a ModernUI fan; however, there IS more to Windows 8 than ModernUI.

that was a bad idea, trying to sneak in some early sales. i wonder how many got out. those laptops are thick an ugly, per acer with their cheap butts. They had nerve to talk about MS entering the tablet market? Yes...to prevent cheap companies from selling ugly useless POS computers like Acer does. Didn't they like buy Hewlett Packard and Gateway?!

neufuse said,
huh?
(Note I was trying to say Packard Bell and said Hewlett Packard instead. My bad....lol - The P{ackard through me off. Honest Mistake. But they all make cheap ugly computers, so I see them as the same. I bought only one HP system in my life, the Envy 17 and it was one of the best laptops I ever had. Dell si the best. Acer is cheap. They frikkin bought Gateway and eMachines. Thanks for the alert tho.

Notice the Netflix and Skype Apps on the Start Screen! :-) I'm running RTM and don't have these, I wonder if they come preinstalled or Microsoft somehow unlocked them for OEMs to download, because they also mention a "Hulu" app had come out in the Windows Store as well.

scotters83 said,
Notice the Netflix and Skype Apps on the Start Screen! :-) I'm running RTM and don't have these, I wonder if they come preinstalled or Microsoft somehow unlocked them for OEMs to download, because they also mention a "Hulu" app had come out in the Windows Store as well.
I was going to say the same thing he did say it was in the app store which means they do have a different store for "Real RTM" devices as the RTM we have is for developers which would explain why we are not getting the good apps... and most likely explain why the MS guy boasting the 100k apps in 90 days now makes more since..

Juan Rodriguez said,
I was going to say the same thing he did say it was in the app store which means they do have a different store for "Real RTM" devices as the RTM we have is for developers which would explain why we are not getting the good apps... and most likely explain why the MS guy boasting the 100k apps in 90 days now makes more since..

There is no different in RTM versions from the MSDN to the Retail

xendrome said,

There is no different in RTM versions from the MSDN to the Retail

if that was the case then you would have access to Skype, hulu and the other apps they show can you explain that??

xendrome said,

There is no different in RTM versions from the MSDN to the Retail

and unless you have a RTM pc or laptop you cannot say this to be the case...

scotters83 said,
Notice the Netflix and Skype Apps on the Start Screen! :-) I'm running RTM and don't have these, I wonder if they come preinstalled or Microsoft somehow unlocked them for OEMs to download, because they also mention a "Hulu" app had come out in the Windows Store as well.

OEM's have their own app stores and are able to pre-install apps. I know Lenovo have a few nice apps lined up.

Same concept as Nokia Maps only on Nokia phones.

Juan Rodriguez said,
and unless you have a RTM pc or laptop you cannot say this to be the case...

I do, and can say exactly that. Those apps are NOT on the store currently.

FloatingFatMan said,

I do, and can say exactly that. Those apps are NOT on the store currently.

yeah we all have the "Developer RTM" its not the same other wise the apps would not be in the video so its clear you do not have the RTM that comes with Retail PC's, Laptops etc... I am a win 8 developer and also have the RTM but everyone knows its a Developer RTM not ment for full release so its easy to cut off certain apps...

SledgeNZ said,

OEM's have their own app stores and are able to pre-install apps. I know Lenovo have a few nice apps lined up.

Same concept as Nokia Maps only on Nokia phones.

Trouble with that statement is that in the video the host clearly states that they browsed the Windows Store and found the Hulu Plus app on there. Maybe there are branded app stores like on the phones as well...

Juan Rodriguez said,
yeah we all have the "Developer RTM" its not the same other wise the apps would not be in the video so its clear you do not have the RTM that comes with Retail PC's, Laptops etc... I am a win 8 developer and also have the RTM but everyone knows its a Developer RTM not ment for full release so its easy to cut off certain apps...

You must be a very bad developer if that is how you logically process information.

The RTM from MSDN is exactly what is going to be released on Oct 26th to the general public. There is no 'Developer RTM' with bits and pieces disabled.

SledgeNZ said,

You must be a very bad developer if that is how you logically process information.

Took the words right out of my mouth.

Juan, it's the same bits that will be shipped as RTM. The point of RTM is that as developers we know EXACTLY what will be shipped to consumers so any changes, no matter how small, don't affect developed apps.
Apps on the Windows store can be enabled regionally, from an "enterprise store" or even per specific device GUID.

Fred 69 said,

Took the words right out of my mouth.

Juan, it's the same bits that will be shipped as RTM. The point of RTM is that as developers we know EXACTLY what will be shipped to consumers so any changes, no matter how small, don't affect developed apps.
Apps on the Windows store can be enabled regionally, from an "enterprise store" or even per specific device GUID.

the msdn version is an "evaluation version" for devs not retail. my POINT IS THAT THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE RETAIL COPY BEING INSTALLED ON RETAIL PCS and that the app store is filtering apps for the two versions that's why hsn laptop CAN download the Hulu plus app and you can't this filtering has nothing to do with development of your app so yes MS can have this change in the RETAIL version vs The demo version we have as you know we still have to remove this version to move to the "RETAIL VERSION" read msdn. I never said that coding wise the two were different but you can not possibly believe

Juan Rodriguez said,
the msdn version is an "evaluation version" for devs not retail. my POINT IS THAT THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE RETAIL COPY BEING INSTALLED ON RETAIL PCS and that the app store is filtering apps for the two versions that's why hsn laptop CAN download the Hulu plus app and you can't this filtering has nothing to do with development of your app so yes MS can have this change in the RETAIL version vs The demo version we have as you know we still have to remove this version to move to the "RETAIL VERSION" read msdn. I never said that coding wise the two were different but you can not possibly believe
you have the RETAIL copy of win8 and you and the other guy above are bad developers for thinking you have the exact retail copy... I am developing for win8 and wp8 and have both environments I know they have and do lock off certain parts that you do not need access to..

Juan Rodriguez said,
you have the RETAIL copy of win8 and you and the other guy above are bad developers for thinking you have the exact retail copy... I am developing for win8 and wp8 and have both environments I know they have and do lock off certain parts that you do not need access to..

Incorrect. You're an idiot if you believe such nonsense. MS have NEVER done a "developer" specific version that has different access than RTM. EVER. The closest they've come is the developer preview, which was an early beta stage product and doesn't count.

The version on MSDN is exactly the same as retail copies, and if you read the MSDN documentation properly, you would know this.

FloatingFatMan said,

Incorrect. You're an idiot if you believe such nonsense. MS have NEVER done a "developer" specific version that has different access than RTM. EVER. The closest they've come is the developer preview, which was an early beta stage product and doesn't count.

The version on MSDN is exactly the same as retail copies, and if you read the MSDN documentation properly, you would know this.

Right I am the idoit however YOU nor the few above have not said why the HSN gateway laptops shown in the LIVE video has access to the HULU Plus app and others that YOU nor anyone else who has the evaluation version do not. he clearly stated that it became available the next morning and installed it so you can say and go by all you think you know but the MS of this year is not the same MS as previous and have held a lot back... and unless you work at MS in the department that would know this your guess is no better than mine..

Wouldn't have hurt to leave them there with a coming soon tag. Free publicity since most people don't even know Windows 8 is coming.

efjay said,
Wouldn't have hurt to leave them there with a coming soon tag. Free publicity since most people don't even know Windows 8 is coming.
WRONG. Pre-order sales aren't even allowed before product is officially announced. It does hurt. HSN screwed up here and likely Acer tried to sneak in some early sales before everyone else.