So far, Microsoft has not said how it will respond to the ban.
In the past 2 weeks, Huawei has lost almost every important business partner by the US ban, including many "big guys" like Google, Corning, and ARM, causing the Chinese phone maker to sink into one. unprecedented crisis. But some of Huawei's big partners are still silent – most notably Microsoft, as it has yet to make any official statements about the ban. Microsoft has quietly removed Huawei laptops from its website, showing the intention to stop providing services to Huawei, but we still don't know whether the software giant has any bigger plans for implementation. ban or not?
Microsoft is one of Huawei's largest software partners, undertaking the licensing and maintenance of Windows operating systems on a large number of Huawei laptops that must be licensed and updated directly by this US company. . The possibility is quite high that Microsoft will only be silenced by the sensitivity of the situation, but it is their silence that makes us ask a question: if Microsoft (or any other company) challenges directive of the Ministry of Trade and continue to do business with Huawei, what penalties will they face?
Most of the technology industry thinks that Microsoft will do it with Google and other companies, for the simple reason that they don't want to do it. There are a series of penalties ready to hit companies that challenge the export ban, from civil penalties to prohibitions that set specific limits regarding what the infringing company might export. export, all in the hands of investigators who specialize in enforcing export-related legal regulations.
If a company's violation is blatant, they may be subject to a criminal penalty, as a case in May, in which a New Jersey (US) man was convicted of collusion. in exporting weapons to Ukraine. But considering that Microsoft relies heavily on international and government contracts, the company will suffer huge losses, before individuals in the company suffer from imprisonment penalties.
Not only American companies need to be careful about possible penalties. According to law firms, anyone who grants a technology license in the United States must comply with those restrictions, meaning that if you don't want trouble, there's only one way for them: to cut off partnerships with Huawei. . A law firm explains as follows: "For example, non-public technology, originating from the US, needed to produce toothbrushes, would not be available to Huawei by a company outside the US without a BIS license.", even if the brush itself is manufactured outside the US. This explains why companies like ARM, which are based outside the United States and provide chip architectures rather than manufacturing themselves. export, still quickly sought to avoid Huawei.
Thus, the fact that Microsoft has not yet officially spoken is probably just a way to buy the company's time. Trump himself suggested that export restrictions could be removed if the two sides reached a trade agreement, and the deal would have to wait until the new taxes became effective on the 25th. 6 new can be discussed. If the deal really takes place, silence and distance from the storm may be an extremely clever move – but at the same time it is also a risky bet.