After the restriction, Microsoft now has been granted a license to sell its software to Huawei. In the wake of the recent trade war, President Trump’s administration put sanctions on some companies to export their services and products to Huawei.
The Commerce Department of the U.S confirmed that it had allowed and issued licenses to some companies to sell their software to Huawei.
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According to a U.S official that they received approximately 300 requests for exemption, and they have approved half of them, which subsequently gives them the green signal to sell their products with Huawei.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview with Fox Business Network that,
“We’ve had 290-something requests for specific licenses,”. He added, “We’ve now been starting to send out the 20-day intent-to-deny letters and some approvals.”
However, it is unclear that which particular product the Chinese tech giant would acquire from Microsoft. According to an anonymous source that Microsoft has been allowed to export its cell-phone components and non-electric components.
In an email, a Microsoft spokesman said to Reuters that,
“On November 20, 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,”
Huawei manufactuers laptops, which use Windows from Microsoft as the operating system. But, Huawei was left with no option than to postpone its launching ceremony at CES 2019, after the ban on Huawei.
Dan Ives, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, believes most likely the license is for Windows operating system. He further commented that “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.”
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Officially, both Microsoft and U.S commerce department denied commenting on this development so far.
On the other side, the opposition of Republican government did not welcome this decision warmly. A group of 15 senators demands the government first to present the request draft in Congress. Thereby after its approval, it should be allowed to suppliers to export their products to a Chinese company.
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