Microsoft calls ANYONE that buys their operating system a partner. Thats an interesting trick to try and make it more than it is so that they can hook another member for their downline.
Quoted from http://www.mlmsurvivor.com/quixtarupdate.htm:
Quixtar and Microsoft
Many IBOs are claiming that Microsoft and Quixtar are "partners." I’ve received the following:
"the deboss [sic] and van andel families fronted the money for MICROSOFT to develop quixtar."
"And they say their technology partners are IBM, Cambell Ewald, Microsoft, and Fry Multi media, what is their involvement in this?"
"It was promoted to me as a business started by Microsoft, IBM and the 'Owners of the Orlando Magic.' "
"Do you think that Microsoft and FRye multimedia (Tada) and IBM are stupid. Do you think that they are partnering with us for nothing?"
"I was contacted today by a representative of Amway following up on a report I submitted to the Better Business Bureau. Her main point in addressing my grievance was 'The disclaimer has been modified so that all references to Bill Gates and Donald Trump have been modified so as not to establish a false relationship between Quixtar and those businesses belonging to the aforementioned'. "
What does Amway say? According to their Quixtar information web site,
"Also please disregard any rumors/reports that state specific well-known individuals (e.g., Bill Gates, Donald Trump) are involved in the QUIXTAR business, as those reports are untrue."