Microsoft Vows to Support Huawei PCs

Posted on June 24, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile, Windows 10 with 29 Comments

Microsoft says that a U.S. blacklisting of Huawei will not prevent it from supplying the firm’s PC with software updates going forward.

“We remain committed to providing exceptional customer experiences,” a Microsoft statement notes. “Our initial evaluation of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision on Huawei has indicated we may continue to offer Microsoft software updates to customers with Huawei devices.”

There are no more details beyond this statement, but I take that to mean both monthly cumulative updates—which include both bug and security fixes—as well as feature updates, which are major version upgrades.

Joining Microsoft, microprocessor giant Intel also voiced support for Huawei, noting that it will likewise provide security and driver updates to Huawei PCs going forward too.

The problem, of course, is that Huawei can’t sell any new PC models going forward unless the U.S. blacklist is rescinded. And that can’t happen until the United States proves that Huawei is no longer a national security risk. Just kidding: All it has to do is reach an agreement in the ongoing trade war with China.

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