In a long line of US-based technology companies, Microsoft looks set to be the latest that are complying with President Trump’s new executive order to crack down on Chinese tech companies. Over the weekend,. Google cut off Huawei’s Android license, Microsoft has stayed silent on whether it will prevent the Chinese company from obtaining Windows licenses. Different sites reached out multiple times for comment. but it has refused to offer any statement on the situation.In the US, Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is one of the best Windows laptops available right now. But, it’s no longer will be a viable alternative to Apple’s MacBook Pro or the HP Spectre x360 and even Microsoft’s own Surface lineup without a Windows license. At the company’s online store, Microsoft appears to have stopped selling Huawei’s MateBook X Pro, too.
Over the weekend, a listing for the MateBook X Pro mysteriously disappeared, and at the Microsoft Store searching for any Huawei hardware brings up no results. Though, in a Google Cache of last week, you can still find the laptop listing.
Existing MateBook X Pro laptops Microsoft have in stock are still selling by them, obviously. Huawei’s server solutions can also be affected by Microsoft’s potential Windows ban. A hybrid cloud solution for Microsoft’s Azure stack is operated by both Microsoft and Huawei, using Microsoft-certified Huawei servers. The latest US government order should also be followed by Intel and Qualcomm. Intel supplies Huawei with server chips and the processors for its laptops, while Huawei has developed its own smartphone processors and modems. The company was ready for such a ban to last for three months as Huawei has reportedly been stockpiling chips.
In recent years, Huawei has also been working on replacements to both Windows and Android, how well-developed these operating systems are, no one knows. Recently, Huawei executive Richard Yu revealed that
the company would “prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft.”
A 90-day extension has been granted to the Huawei to provide software updates to Android-powered handsets and maintain,
“continued operation of existing networks and equipment,” this is a narrow extension that doesn’t seem to apply to Windows licenses for laptops.
It could seriously damage Huawei, if the ban extends any further. After a US trade ban for violating sanctions on Iran and North Korea left the company struggling, ZTE had to pause operations last year. The ban was lifted by the US after three months, but ZTE’s reputation and brand have been severely damaged as a result.