The problems between the Government of Donald Trump and Huawei are not only the most talked about of the year, but because of its repercussions in the devices of millions of users, it is also of the most relevant socio-technological level. We are not only dealing with a case in which to see if a country can impose itself on a great technology, but before something that, failing to see how it ends, can worsen a commercial war.
Following an inclusion in the Entity List (black list) and an executive order of Trump, US companies can not make software and hardware exchanges with Huawei, so most announced the cessation of operations with the Chinese firm. Microsoft was in an ambiguous position, as until now it had not communicated any decision indicating what would happen with Windows support in the future.
Thanks to a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson to PCWorld, we know something more about what Microsoft is going to do about Huawei devices:
“We remain committed to offering an exceptional user experience, and our initial assessment of the Commerce Department’s decision on Huawei has indicated that we can continue to offer Microsoft software updates to users with Huawei devices.”
Microsoft does not talk about what will happen to their software in new equipment, but if nothing changes, it is not in your hand what to do
Huawei devices to which the Microsoft spokesman refers are laptops and convertibles from its MateBook line, which Nadella’s removed from its US store to return to it last week, until the stock they count on runs out.
In case there is any doubt about driver updates and equipment security, Intel has also confirmed to PCWorld that it will continue to provide them on computers that have components of their own.
What is extracted from the brief statements of Microsoft is that the current devices will continue to have support, which was one of the possibilities that could be doubted. What the company has not done is to affirm Huawei devices will receive new large versions of Windows, such as a hypothetical October 2019 Update or April 2020 Update.
Nor is it clear what will happen to Windows and the rest of Microsoft software in new Huawei equipment if the Trump government goes ahead with the veto and finally the situation is not solved favorably for the Chinese company (or Huawei ends up being part of a trade agreement with China, as the United States Government has hinted). The probable thing is that Microsoft can not deliver its software, because it would be breaking the law. But in this case nothing is said, and ARK OS / HongMeng OS is a possibility if Trump goes ahead.