Huawei MateBook X Pro pulled from Microsoft Store as trade tensions rise

What you need to know

  • Huawei's MateBook X Pro has been removed from the Microsoft Store.
  • Huawei, a China-based company, was recently added to a trade blacklist by the U.S. Commerce Department.
  • It's likely that the laptop's removal is related to its status on the blacklist, but Microsoft has yet to comment on how its relationship with Huawei is impacted.
  • The MateBook X Pro continues to be available on Amazon (opens in new tab), but stock is limited.

It appears recent escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China may have caused Microsoft to pull the MateBook X Pro from its online store. As first spotted by The Verge, Huawei's flagship laptop is no longer listed in the Microsoft Store, and searchers for Huawei on the store return no results.

Huawei last week was added to an export blacklist by the U.S. Department of Commerce, preventing U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese tech giant without prior approval and putting the launch of future Huawei laptops in question. The export blacklist would cut off Huawei's access to chips from companies like Intel, Qualcomm and NVIDIA, but it's unclear what steps Microsoft has taken to comply with the order.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this story if one is provided. For its part, The Verge reports that Microsoft "has refused to offer any statement on the situation."

In a previous statement provided to Windows Central, Huawei thoroughly rebuffed the Commerce Department's decision, stating:

Huawei is against the decision made by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce. This decision is in no one's interest. It will do significant economic harm to the American companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of thousands of American jobs, and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist on the global supply chain. Huawei will seek remedies immediately and find a resolution to this matter. We will also proactively endeavor to mitigate the impacts of this incident.

Yesterday, Huawei received a temporary reprieve of sorts related to its Android license, allowing it to continue development of future products and support current customers and devices through August 19.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • What does this mean for Matebook owners? Do I need to sell mine now or will it be supported?
  • Windows updates shouldn't be dependent on the specific device, but driver updates from American companies like Intel and Nvidia may be. I'm not sure anyone has definitive answers yet.
  • I'm by no means an advocate for the current administration, but I fully agree with their actions regarding Huawei. Good ridence.
  • I see someone obviously didn't listen to the podcast...
  • I did. What makes you think otherwise?
  • Why would you agree with actions against a company where there is no public evidence of any wrongdoing?
  • Just because the evidence is not public doesn't mean it doesn't exist. The disclosure of the evidence the US has is enough to reveal our counter intelligence tactics and techniques. How we catch spying is even more important than the information itself because it allows us to continue employing the counter measures effectively.
  • First of all, the US government only said there was a "possibility" of something happening. Second, just because someone states something as fact, doesn't make it true unless there is evidence to support it. The US justice system is supposed to base on innocent until proven guilty. People have a hard time understanding that, especially on the internet. All I'm saying is perhaps you should hold your judgements, if not outright public accusations, untill there is some kind of proof of either side. If you choose not to do that, we'll that's on you. Just understand how that makes you look.
  • When the United States claims one thing and a Chinese company that is beholden to a tyrannical police state claims the opposite, I have no qualms about siding with the US.
  • Please explain your position on it.
  • On a fundamental level, I would like to see the complete suspension of any kind of technology trade with China. Despite what Zac and Dan claim, the US outpaces China in technological innovation. The Chinese government has been unwilling to enforce Intellectual Property laws and as a result you see companies like Hauwei (which are beholden to the Chinese government whether they say so or not) stealing American technology and then using their zero marginal cost for R&D combined with their cheap domestic manufacturing to vastly undercut their global competitors. That is why Huawei, Lenovo, and OnePlus are all able to sell their flagship devices for such low prices. My hope is that the US-China trade war continues to escalate until US companies begin to shift their manufacturing to other markets that both share our democratic values and respect intellectual property rights; somewhere like India or Korea.
  • I got one when they first came out. I was looking forward to the updated model. May need to venture abroad to pick one up
  • That's not going to help. This affects them globally.
  • How can windows 10 ISO be blocked from being installed?
  • They can't block the installation, but they can't legally allow it to be registered. You can install W10 and run it unregistered indefinitely if you wish.
  • Banning Huawei is nothing but to suppress China economically so they wouldn't become the world number one economy in the near future...The drawback is that the economic wars have a dangerous implication to become military wars!