Microsoft’s Windows 8 isn’t due to be released on new computers until Oct. 26, but the website for the television shopping channel over the weekend was offering five Acer and Gateway machines running Windows 8.
Ed Bott has the details on ZDNet, including the unfortunate news that the machines are chock-full of pre-installed software, a.k.a. crapware, which everyone had been hoping to avoid with the new operating system — everyone except certain PC makers, it turns out.
Microsoft asked HSN to stop selling the computers after the news emerged, and it looks like they’ve now been pulled from the site. However, a series of online videos are still available showing how HSN will educate new users about the Windows 8 interface once the new machines are actually available.