Reuters last week announced the launch of Reuters Messaging 5.0 in collaboration with Microsoft and AOL. This is the first instant messaging hosted service to connect the financial community in real-time to MSN Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger and gives users access to an expanded community of over 200 million people.
Users will be able to exchange information in a secure environment with financial professionals around the globe using these public instant messenger services. Reuters’ new service has been designed to suit financial services firms that must meet strict requirements for security and compliance.
In addition, the service offers secure chat rooms to support interactive teamwork, the firm says. Through the chat rooms, customers can connect to internal as well as external communities, thus allowing them to create proprietary content and share market information. Organisations can create their own chat rooms and invite counterparties to share market developments or research in a secure, controlled environment.
Tom Glocer, CEO, Reuters, says: "Reuters was first to introduce professional instant messaging to the financial services industry in 2002. Today, we continue this innovative tradition with the launch of an important new release of Reuters Messaging."
Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft business division, adds: "We are delighted that Reuters has chosen Live Communications Server for its messaging solution for the financial markets. Reuters upgrade to LCS 2005 next year will give enterprises using LCS an exciting opportunity to connect to a larger global trading community federating with Reuters Messaging."