Microsoft Pulls Huawei Server Products, Laptop Following US Ban

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud, Microsoft with 35 Comments

In the ongoing trade battle between China and the United States, Huawei was blacklisted by the US government, forcing US companies to stop doing business with the company. Although the US government gave Huawei and its partners some breathing room, companies like Google, Intel, and Qualcomm have already stopped working with Huawei.

And now, Microsoft is also joining the bandwagon. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has pulled Huawei’s server products for its Azure Stack technology. Microsoft’s product catalog page that lists Azure Stack HCI solutions from companies like ASUS and others no longer includes Huawei’s offerings. The publication tried to reach out to Microsoft to discuss what the company is planning to do with its business with Huawei, but couldn’t get a comment.

Earlier on Tuesday, Microsoft stopped selling one of Huawei’s flagship laptops, the MateBook X Pro. The company’s online store no longer has the product listing for the Huawei laptop. That could suggest Microsoft will eventually ban Huawei’s Windows license as long as the company is blacklisted by the US government.

Microsoft remains tight-lipped about its actions with Huawei going forward, and it’s not clear whether the company will end its business with Huawei, including pulling Huawei’s Windows license. Google has already pulled Huawei’s Android license, which is a much bigger threat to the company’s entire business since it relies heavily on its Android phones — and if companies like Microsoft follow through, Huawei could be in even more trouble.

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35 responses to “Microsoft Pulls Huawei Server Products, Laptop Following US Ban”

  1. bluvg

    "stopped selling one of Huawei’s flagship laptops, the MateBook X Pro"


    That's sad... Huawei's laptops are lovely standouts with their 3:2 displays.

    • longhorn

      In reply to bluvg:
      That's sad... Huawei's laptops are lovely standouts with their 3:2 displays.


      Huawei didn't follow the rule-book. Normally only Apple and Microsoft can sell tall displays. If you look at Lenovo, Dell and HP they don't dare touch those displays unless it also comes with an ARM processor.


  2. harrymyhre

    This is just pure speculation and blue sky thinking.


    microsoft. Google. Who else. Gives Huawei the fosters freeze.


    So okay, the Linux boys make a deal with Huawei and the year of the Linux desktop becomes a reality. But they need to move fast.

  3. nbplopes

    In my view, Mr. Trump just nuked a major Chinese tech company.


    Furthermore, he is putting US allies to ransom to make them stop pursuing business with this company. For instance, it is known that major European Telcos were planning to use Huawai 5G tech given how advanced it was ... If they now do, US may in effect blacklist them in the same line by not complying with the US embargo to Huawei. ARM for instance has already complied with the embargo to escape any possible US sanctions.


    No major Chinese tech company has been allowed to work in the US without Government persecution has far as I understand, if allowed .


    Oppo

    OnePlus

    Xiaomi

    Huawai

    DJI


    None of them operate freely in the US if they operate at all as far as I understand.


    Don't know if this is all justified but this has far more political ramifications than you guys are thinking.


    Get your popcorns.


    DISCLAIMER: I do not use any of these companies products. I use Apple products ... I know also a foreign company as far as some of you guys are concerned :)


    I'm just telling it as I see it.


    • Andi

      In reply to nbplopes:

      Agreed. Allegedly the Nokia Ericsson solution still relies on Huawei for a part of their 5G solution. Huawei is the undisputed leader in 5G. Trump doesn't care about nuking a champion of the industry as collateral in a bigger fight. One thing are tariffs, but this is outright aggression via executive order.

  4. brduffy

    Lets see how good this company is. They now have an opportunity to develop their own mobile OS and make it work seamlessly with a desktop OS like linux or something of their own making. They could make their own chips too. They could be the next Apple. Sky is the limit :-P

  5. illuminated

    I do not understand the Huawei ban. At first it was something related to Iran then 5G then spying. I do not know what the real reasons are anymore. Why just Huawei? Why now? It could be just a trade negotiations game.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to illuminated:

      I put some of it in my comment below. If you're actually interested, I'd highly recommend the podcast I mentioned with Richard Clarke and Susan Rice.

    • fbman

      In reply to illuminated:

      Its over 5G, as Huawei are basically gonna win the 5G war, as they are by far the furthest ahead. Some circles are saying that war is basically over and the Huawei version will basically be come the world standard. Trump does not want that.. as it would mean the Chinese will have an advantage in the spying game and not the US.


      Huawei, dont seem to be worried, I saw yesterday.. there OS will be ready by Q4 this year, and there new phone with processors will be ready at Q2 2020 for the world market. will be interesting if this happens,

      • pixymisa

        In reply to fbman:


        Huawei's Android skin is terrible and they've been working on it for years. Chances of them getting a robust OS out this year - that is anything other than an absolute stock build of AOSP - are zero.

        • wright_is

          In reply to PixyMisa:

          The EMUI skin is pretty close to the standard Google skin these days. There is a little less flexibility in resizing widgets, but apart from that they aren't really that many differences - they even support the same swipe gestures as standard Android.

    • wright_is

      In reply to illuminated:

      That is the problem, the US Government insists that there is a problem, but won't show any proof.

      US: "They are bad, ban them."

      World: "Why?"

      US: "Believe us, ban them!"

      World: "Why, where's the proof?"

      USA: "You can't handle the proof! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with backdoors. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Hauwei and you curse the NSA. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Huawei's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the proof, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like "security", "5G", "smartpones". We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very surveillance-state that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "thank you", and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!"

      World: "Mum, he's gone mad, hasn't he?"

  6. MikeGalos

    This really is not about the trade war. Huawei was already under tight scrutiny and restrictions under the Obama administration for violating US regulations including violating the sanctions against Iran during the international embargo and for hacking and stealing technologies from US firms. The Obama Administration negotiated an agreement with the Chinese government to restrict those Chinese state-sanctioned actions in exchange for not taking action against Huawei. The Trump administration, in an act of idiocy, dropped those negotiated agreements. As a result, the protections negotiated were no longer in effect and the result is this ham fisted response.


    To learn more, I'd suggest listening to Richard A. Clarke's excellent Future State podcast. In particular, the episode with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice from last September. It can be found at:  futurestatepodcast.com

  7. Xatom

    Joined the bandwagon? i think you mean complied with the law. Lose the hyperbole and get the facts.

  8. red.radar

    Comments under these Huawei articles are always fun. Can't wait to see what tonight's edition holds.



  9. skane2600

    I wonder if some of these moves by companies in the US and elsewhere could violate international laws. Sanctions can always work both ways.

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