Microsoft removes Huawei laptop from store, remains silent on potential Windows ban

Microsoft appears to be the latest in a long list of US-based technology companies. UU That they comply with the new executive order of President Trump to put an end to Chinese technology companies. Google cut the Android license of Huawei during the weekend, but Microsoft did not say whether it will prevent the Chinese company from obtaining Windows licenses. The Verge approached Microsoft several times for comments, but declined to offer any statement on the situation.

Huawei's MateBook X Pro is one of the best Windows laptops available in the United States at this time, but without a Windows license, it is no longer a viable alternative to Apple's MacBook Pro or the HP Specter. x360 and even Microsoft's own Surface line. Microsoft seems to have stopped selling MateBook X Pro from Huawei in the company's online store.

microsoft removes huawei laptop from store remains silent on potential windows ban

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A list for the MateBook X Pro mysteriously disappeared over the weekend, and the search for any Huawei hardware does not show results in the Microsoft store. However, you can still find the list of laptops in a Google Cache last week. Verge understands that Microsoft retail stores continue to sell the MateBook X Pro laptops they have in stock.

Microsoft's potential Windows ban could also affect Huawei's server solutions. Both Microsoft and Huawei operate a hybrid cloud solution for Microsoft's Azure stack, using Huawei servers certified by Microsoft. Intel and Qualcomm must also follow the latest order from the US government. UU While Huawei has developed its own processors and modems for smartphones, Intel supplies Huawei with the server chips and processors for its laptops. According to reports, Huawei has been storing chips, so the company is ready for the ban to last for three months.

Huawei has also been working on replacements for Windows and Android in recent years, but it is not clear how well developed these operating systems are. Huawei executive Richard Yu recently revealed that the company "would prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft."

While Huawei was granted a 90-day extension to provide software updates to Android phones and maintain "ongoing operation" of existing networks and equipment, "this is a narrow extension that does not seem to apply to Windows licenses for laptops.

Either way, if the ban continues, it could seriously harm Huawei.ZTE had to stop operations last year after a US trade ban for violating sanctions against Iran and North Korea left the company in distress, and the United States finally lifted the ban after three months, but the reputation and brand of ZTE have been severely damaged as a result.

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