Good news! Microsoft confirmed that it had been granted a license from the US government to do business with Huawei. The license is for the export of “mass-market” software, which probably means Windows for laptops and computers.
What most of us probably wanted to know is when Google will get theirs. So far, there are no announcements yet about this but they did say it is “forthcoming very shortly.” As you may well be aware, Huawei’s latest smartphone, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, launched without Google Mobile Services.
The US government has started granting licenses to American companies in cases that “do not pose a significant risk to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.” They have received some 300 license requests from companies affected by the ban.
American companies recently got a 90-day extension that “will allow carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States who would otherwise be left in the dark.” The first extension was granted last August.
Early this year, US government officials placed Huawei on its entity list which resulted in a trade blacklist that barred the company from doing business with American companies such as Google, Intel, etc.
The Chinese company has since asserted that “the decision by the US Department of Commerce to add Huawei to the Entity List has caused more harm to the US than to Huawei.”