Microsoft discontinues HSN’s Windows 8 laptop promotion, claims offer was premature


Just yesterday, we learned about the Home Shopping Network’s Windows 8 laptop “sale” which offered 5 different laptops from Acer and Gateway, all powered by Windows 8, which goes official October 26th. Now, Microsoft is clearing this promotion claiming it was premature.

“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 stated in regards to HSN. The Home Shopping Network’s online edition,, was offering five different Windows 8 powered laptops “on sale” just two weeks before Windows 8 is set to be officially launched. According to Microsoft, the offer came prematurely and Microsoft has requested the immediate removal of this ‘sale.’ HSN is no longer showcasing these 5 laptops so it looks like Microsoft can now sleep happy tonight.