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Microsoft inks small-business deal

Microsoft announced Friday a cross-promotional deal with Partner America to help small companies connect with others through e-commerce. The agreement will link the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant's small-business division, Big Day, to Partner America, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Management Services. Both groups already provide free services for small businesses, such as seminars on how to globalize or sell products to the government, and they will now cross-promote and co-host events. The partnership comes as Microsoft tries to hone its .Net strategy and turn its software into Web-based services that business users can access on personal computers and other electronic devices.

    Microsoft announced Friday a cross-promotional deal with Partner America to help small companies connect with others through e-commerce. The agreement will link the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant's small-business division, Big Day, to Partner America, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Management Services.

    Both groups already provide free services for small businesses, such as seminars on how to globalize or sell products to the government, and they will now cross-promote and co-host events. The partnership comes as Microsoft tries to hone its .Net strategy and turn its software into Web-based services that business users can access on personal computers and other electronic devices.