If Company A's QBM file is shared on a flash drive and converted to QBW by Company B, are changes made to the QBW or QBM by Company B reflected in Company A's copy?

Are QBM or QBW files local once they are distributed, or can they "phone home" to the source's copy? 

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You cannot "share" a QBM = Portable file that is compressed. That filetype is meant for Old School days when you could not email a large file to other people.

QBM and QBB (backups) are ways to Move a file to other computers. They are not worked in, so not Shared.

"and converted to QBW"

"Restored" = uncompress to make a QBW (working file) from this Compressed file that I conveniently made a Smaller version for ease of Moving it around.

"by Company B, are changes made to the QBW"

This is now the Updated Company File.

"or QBM"

It's not an OR. Like this:
I work in a QBW. I make a backup and give it to you. You use program to Restore from this, which make a new QBW on your computer. I cannot do work while you are working, if I expect to get back the Updated file from you. You make a new backup and send it to me. I delete my file and use your Backup to Restore from this, which make a new QBW on my computer. You cannot do work while I am working, if you expect to get back the Updated file from me. I make a new backup and send it to you.

Etc.

"by Company B reflected in Company A's copy"

Do you use Word? It's no different. QB and Word are Programs. Company files and Letters are the data files.

You start the Christmas Letter. Then, you send it to me; I add to it. I send it back to you, so that you have my Updates. You add more stuff to it, and send it back to me, to review and add, etc.

"Are QBM or QBW files local once they are distributed, or can they "phone home" to the source's copy?"

QBW = Working file; never Move this file, as there are associated and linked utility files
QBB = Backup <==compressed, best for sending to others
QBM = Portable (think "M= Mobile" and Old School) doesn't include, for instance, image files for logos = makes it smaller than the .qbb file type.


It likely is much easier if you let us know how you want this to work.


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