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Microsoft, Zairmail in small-business direct marketing deal

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Redmond, Wash.--Microsoft Corp. and Portland, Ore.-based Zairmail Inc. have entered a deal to direct market to small businesses. Zairmail, a developer of e-marketing platforms, will get marketing access to small businesses on bCentral, the Microsoft small-business Web site. Users will be able to download Zairmail's platforms off the site. The deal underscores Microsoft's increasing emphasis on small businesses, which the company views a growing profit center.
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