HSN Jumped the Gun on Sales of Windows 8 PCs

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HSN appears to have jumped the gun and offered Windows 8 PCs for sale on its website over the weekend, but the retailer has removed the items.

As of Monday morning, HSN's site was listing five Win 8 PCs -- three from Gateway and one from Acer -- ranging from $699.96 to $1,195. However, ZDNet reports that -- at Microsoft's request -- the items are now no longer available for shipping until Oct. 26, Microsoft's official release date.

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It's not clear when the items would have shipped. ZDNet reported that the PCs would ship "immediately," though The Verge stated that the products wouldn't have shipped for another month. HSN's site offered the option of getting the PCs within three to seven business days.

As ZDNet points out, the PCs were loaded with "crapware," like Office 2010 (a 60-day trial) and Norton Internet Security Suite (also a 60-day trial) as well as other software from Gateway and Acer on their respective machines.

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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