Reuters Reaches IM Agreement With Microsoft

Posted by bink on September 29 2003, 6:28 PM. Posted in Messenger.

Reuters Group plc suddenly has emerged as a hub for instant-messaging interconnectivity. The information-services firm this week will disclose an agreement with Microsoft to connect its Reuters Messaging IM service with MSN Messenger. The move comes on the heels of similar agreements with IBM Lotus Software and America Online to connect Reuters IM users with users of IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and AOL Instant Messenger.

By connecting its service, which is used exclusively by financial-services companies, to three of the largest players in the IM world, Reuters lacks only a deal with Yahoo in its attempt to let clients use one tool to communicate with their customers and partners, regardless of which IM product they use. That kind of connectivity will greatly simplify the lives of IT managers at financial-services firms, where it's necessary to use all the major IM clients so brokers can communicate with their customers all day long.

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