Despite all of Huawei’s issues, Microsoft has continued to remain silent on the effect of the US ban on doing business with Huawei.
The South China Morning Post has now confirmed that cooperation between Huawei and Microsoft has been suspended in the area of Windows operating systems for laptops and other content-related services. Microsoft’s services team for Huawei has reportedly moved out of its Shenzhen-based headquarters.
“This does not mean that Microsoft is not cooperating with Huawei any more. The suspension in business between the two companies could be just temporary,” said one of the unnamed sources.
Importantly they confirmed that updates for existing PCs will not be affected.
After failing to find traction with carriers in USA with their phones, Huawei has been pushing into the US laptop market with attractive affordable devices.
“PCs are Huawei’s primary business in the US, and the company is investing to compete in this market,” a Huawei spokeswoman said earlier this year.
Huawei has confirmed their Windows replacement OS will run Android apps and web apps, which is unlikely to satisfy most PC consumers. Huawei has made it clear that their preference would be for a settlement of trade hostilities between USA and China which will likely also resolve their own issues with the US government.