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Microsoft Moves Further Away From Huawei

After removing Huawei laptops from its online stores, Microsoft’s service team has reportedly also withdrawn from Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, and stopped accepting new orders for Windows on Huawei devices.

Spotted by Ausdroid, Chinese media outlets are reporting that Microsoft’s service team has deserted Huawei’s HQ in China.

However, Microsoft has still not made any official announcement.

ChannelNews recently reported that Microsoft quietly removed Huawei’s MateBook devices from its online stores following the company being placed on the US’s entity “blacklist.”

Microsoft was exclusively selling the Matebook X Pro, first announced at a media launch in November 2018, here in Australia.

Google was first off the bat to pull Android support for Huawei devices, including removing the Mate 20 Pro from Android Q beta list.

Intel, Qualcomm, ARM and more followed suit, however, certain companies are prepared to back the Chinese company.

Among those are Panasonic, who initially released an internal memo announcing it would cease trade with the telco, but has since publicly backtracked.

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has conceded that the US sanctions will hurt his company but intends to stay its course and replace Android and thrid-part chip support with its own OS and chipsets.

In an interview with Bloomberg Ren took aim at US President Donald Trump, calling his actions to use Huawei as a bargaining chip in US-China trade negotiations as “a big joke” and his tweets “laughable.”

Overseas phone carriers and retailers in the UK and Japan have begun halting pre-orders and postponing sale dates for Huawei’s next-gen smartphones.

Local retailers are tipped to follow suit, but currently, Huawei devices are still available for purchase in Australia.

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