Huawei says MateBook PCs will continue to be 'upgraded and supported'

What you need to know

  • Huawei confirms that its PCs will continue to receive security patches, upgrades, and Microsoft support.
  • The news comes amid worries about the effect of trade tensions between the U.S. and China.
  • Huawei was recently placed on an "entity list" by the U.S. Commerce Department, preventing U.S. manufacturers from doing business with the company without prior approval.

If you had worries about whether Huawei PCs would continue to receive support from Microsoft amid excalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China, Huawei is seeking to put them to rest. In a FAQ posted to its website (opens in new tab), Huawei answered some of the biggest questions concerning ongoing support of its products, including confirmation that its PCs will be supported going forward.

"All Huawei smartphones, tablets, and PCs will continue to receive security patches, Android updates and Microsoft Support," the company says in the FAQ. Further in the FAQ, Huawei reinforces this point by stating, "we can confirm that Huawei devices with Microsoft software will be upgraded and supported."

This follows a saga that saw the U.S. Department of Commerce effectively blacklist Huawei from buying parts from U.S. companies unless those companies received permission to sell them to the Chinese manufacturer. While Huawei's placement on the "entity list" was ostensibly motivated by security concerns regarding networking equipment, it was initially unclear how it would affect the company's smartphones and PCs.

Huawei has since been forced to indefinitely postpone the launch of a new laptop due to trade restrictions. Huawei's MateBooks were also briefly pulled from the Microsoft Store before returning this week, with Microsoft stating it is "resuming the sale of existing inventory of Huawei devices."

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  • But do you trust their software to be secure and free of spyware?
  • Of course.... It's running Windows 10 like every other new laptop, and there is absolutely no reason to believe otherwise. Silly policies by the US administration who is afraid of the advances that Huawei is havings is not a good reason.
  • Trump is trying to kill Huawei by using the easy excuse - security. No one, including the European allies, has found any hard evidence for that claim. UK and Spain have just started their 5G commercial services recently with good results. Huawei just announced that they had sold 100 millions phones on 5/30. It took them only 149 days to reach that number which took them 198 days last year.