Microsoft Inc., as well as Google earlier this year, severed their dealings with the Chinese giant Huawei in compliance with President Trump’s executive order to crack down on Chinese tech companies. The implication is that the Chinese firm can not use Microsoft OS on new models of PC and laptops, as it has continued to sell devices with the previously granted licenses grandfathered in.
Now, following a request by Microfost, the commerce depart has now granted a relief to Microsoft to continue dealing with Huawei. The relieve as reported by Reuters allows Microsoft to supply mass-market software to Huawei.
We are not sure what it refers to as the mass market, we are sure this is a nod for Microsoft to trade its consumer software products which is a very welcome development for Huawei’s Matebook laptop lineup.
“On November 20, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei. We appreciate the Department’s action in response to our request,” a Microsoft representative told the newswire in an emailed statement.
“This will be a major relief for Huawei after an arduous period with large technology players like Microsoft, Google and others restricted on the platform,” said Dan Ives, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.
Huawei earlier today teased the launch of a new MateBook D for unveiling at its November 25th event coming up in China. Details about the PC are largely unavailable at the moment as there is no guarantee it would ship with Microsoft OS out of the box.