Microsoft pulls Huawei laptops from its online store
Microsoft ( MSFT ) has removed the Chinese company's laptops from its online store. A Friday search for "Huawei" returned no results for any devices and links to the latest models now show error messages. Microsoft refused to comment on when the products were removed.
The move comes after the United States has placed Huawei on a trading blacklist, preventing US companies from selling tech and components to the company. Under the new constraints, Microsoft can no longer deliver its Windows operating system to Huawei, which the Chinese company uses in its laptops.
Microsoft spokesman Andrew Pickup said on Friday that the company "does not comment on this topic in any capacity." Huawei did not respond promptly to a comment request.
It's just the latest setback for the Chinese tech giant.
Huawei is the world's largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and its smartphones compete with those like Apple ( AAPL ) and Samsung ( SSNLF] ) .
But now it is in a crisis situation as suppliers begin to cut off ties to comply with the US export ban.
Google ( GOOGL ) gave a big blow to Huawei earlier this week as it signaled that new Huawei smartphones would not have access to their Android operating system or popular apps and services such as Gmail and Google Maps.
Top mobile operators in Japan and the United Kingdom either delay the launch of the latest Huawei phones or have stopped taking orders for them due to the uncertainty surrounding the devices.
Huawei's consumer business – which includes smartphones, laptops, tablets and clear watches – was the biggest contributor to corporate earnings last year. The division reported revenue of nearly $ 349 billion ($ 50 billion) in 2018, more than 45% of the Group's total.
Being cut off from Google and Microsoft makes Huawei's consumer equipment much less attractive to international users, especially when it comes to their smartphones.
Losing Microsoft as a supplier will be less painful for Huawei, which globally had only 2% of the market share for laptops, according to Ishan Dutt, an analyst at Canalys research firm.
But losing Google's system will hurt. That means Huawei smartphones and tablets don't have access to popular apps like Gmail and Youtube. Third-party apps like platforms and food delivery that rely on Google Maps no longer work without access to Google services.
Earlier this week, Huawei said it would like to continue operating in Microsoft and Google ecosystems, but it had built up an alternative operating system and app major in the case of a US export ban.
A new operating system "would be a really hard sell to consumers," said Dutt of Canalys, adding that Huawei would need a "perfect rollout" to address issues and security issues around his brand.
"It would be a really great effort on the Huawei's side to remove it," he said.