Microsoft has obtained a license to export software to Huawei, Reuters reported. The move comes after the Us Department of Commerce announced a 90-day extension to allow U.S. companies to continue doing business with Huawei.
“On November 20, the U.S. Department of Commerce approved Microsoft’s request to export mass-market software to Huawei,” a Microsoft spokesman said in an emailed statement. “We appreciate the actions taken by the department in response to our request. “
Huawei was added to the “entity list” by the U.S. government in May this year. In addition, U.S. President Donald Trump also signed an executive order requiring U.S. companies not to use telecommunications equipment made by businesses that pose a threat to national security. This is seen as another measure against Huawei.
“Temporary generic licensing expansion will allow operators to continue to serve customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States that would otherwise be kept in the dark,” Wilbur Ross, commerce secretary, said Tuesday. “The Commerce Department will continue to monitor the export of sensitive technologies strictly to ensure that those who threaten our national security do not take advantage of our innovations. “
Huawei said the temporary license would not change the fact that it was “unfairly treated” by the US. “We have always believed that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to add Huawei to the list of entities did more harm to the U.S. than to China,” Huawei said in a press release. “
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.