Google may have killed Huawei’s ambitions to become the world’s leading smartphone brand, but Microsoft is following suit.
The Windows maker has stopped selling the Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop in its online store after the Chinese company was blacklisted by the US government.
A list for laptop disappeared from the Microsoft Store, and a search for “Huawei” didn’t return any results either.
Microsoft, for its part, has not made an official statement about its intention to block Windows 10 updates for Huawei laptops. We have reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this story if we have any news.
If Microsoft stopped licensing its software to Huawei, it would be another huge setback for the company’s laptop business. Additionally, if the Seattle-based tech giant blocks updates and support for Huawei laptops, that will also leave existing customers in deep trouble.
The move comes after President Trump signed an executive order giving the federal government the power to prevent US companies from purchasing foreign-made communications technology and services that are considered a national security risk.
Over the weekend, Google abruptly canceled Huawei’s Android license and cut off its access to Google Play services and the Play Store, dealing a heavy blow to the phone maker.
Later, even major chipmakers like Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and ARM chose to cut ties with Huawei immediately until further notice.
While the Chinese electronics maker has built its own processors and modems for smartphones, it relies on Intel for laptop processors. Huawei is said to have stored enough chips and other vital components to maintain business for at least three months.
The company has also been working on its own replacements for Android and Windows over the past two years. Richard Yu, head of consumer electronics at Huawei, said German publication Die Welt at the beginning of March: “It’s our plan B. But of course, we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft.
At this point, the writing is clearly on the wall for Huawei. Even if it has an internal operating system for its laptops, it will have to start looking elsewhere for hardware partners or build its own laptop processors.
For now, however, you can still purchase any of the Huawei laptops on Amazon or in Microsoft physical retail stores. But only while stocks last. Even then, it is a risky purchase.
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