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.
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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.
<blockquote><em><a href="#430411">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>As extreme as US actions are already, I doubt that MS can be compelled to sue over a patent violation. Of course, it they did, it could drag on for years and what's the enforcement method? I doubt that most of the world has any appetite for supporting the US in such a fight.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#430523">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Well, as I said, the question is whether those other nations will cooperate or even recognize those patents as legitimate. This is a particularly sticky issue with regard to Linux given it's open source nature. There's a reason why Microsoft hasn't tried to enforce these patents and that reason doesn't cease to exist even in these circumstances. </p>
<p>I wonder if some of these moves by companies in the US and elsewhere could violate international laws. Sanctions can always work both ways.</p>