Reuters and America Online To Offer Instant Messaging Connectivity for Reuters Messaging and AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) (AIM(R)) Users

    NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Reuters (Nasdaq:   RTRSY;
 London: RTR), the global information company, and America Online, the world's
 leading interactive services company, today announced a strategic agreement to
 provide access between Reuters Messaging and the AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM)
 (AIM(R)) service.
     The two companies announced that an upcoming version of the Reuters
 Messaging client will allow Reuters Messaging users to directly access and
 communicate with colleagues and customers that use the AOL(R), AIM and ICQ(R)
 services.  In addition, AOL instant messaging users will have the ability to
 add Reuters Messaging users to their AOL Buddy List(R) feature.
     This solution would allow organizations utilizing Reuters Messaging to
 take advantage of the AIM Network, the world's largest, in order to deliver
 secure communications on a highly scalable and reliable network. The AIM
 network infrastructure enables the delivery of over 1.5 billion instant
 messages daily and supports communication of over ten million users that use
 AOL instant messaging services each month to share time-sensitive information
 with other employees, customers and partners using the AIM, ICQ or the AOL
 service on the desktop or mobile devices.
     David Gurle, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Collaboration
 Services, Reuters said: "As a leader in instant messaging and collaboration
 services for the financial services industry, Reuters agreement with America
 Online will give Reuters Messaging users direct access to the AIM service, the
 largest and most active public instant messaging community in the world. The
 power of Reuters Messaging lies in its ability to provide fast, secure,
 compliant and reliable communications integrated into the systems financial
 professionals use to do business-to-business and business-to-consumer
 conversations and transactions. Our goal has been to expand the reach of our
 end users and enable them to integrate IM and presence within the workflow of
 financial communities. Our partnership with AOL is a key step in this
 direction."
     Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager, AOL Desktop
 Messaging said: "AOL pioneered instant messaging, and continues to be the
 leading application for real time communications over the Internet with an
 estimated 54% of enterprise users already using the AIM, ICQ or AOL services
 on desktops. We're delighted to be working with Reuters so that users can gain
 the benefits of a robust financial services focused application coupled with
 AOL's highly reliable, secure, and very popular instant messaging network.
 This agreement also underscores our interest in providing partners like
 Reuters with an ability to integrate AOL's patented instant messaging
 technologies into their services."
     Communications between the Reuters and AOL instant messaging services will
 be made possible through a bridge between the AOL and Reuters protocols,
 translating outgoing and incoming messages so each client can read it.
     AOL's Private Domain and Federated Authentication Services and Reuters
 Directory and Authentication Services will be used to authenticate Reuters
 users on AOL networks and vice-versa to provide a single sign-in experience
 which will provide Reuters users the ability to communicate with those using
 AOL instant messaging services.
 
     About America Online, Inc.
     America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc.
 Based in Dulles, Va., America Online is the world's leader in interactive
 services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.
 
     Enterprise AIM Services, the first business class instant message solution
 that is based on the AIM service, makes it easier for companies to attain a
 greater level of control and management of AIM within the enterprise. The full
 suite of Enterprise AIM Services, from the AIM Enterprise Gateway to AOL's
 Private Domain Service with Authentication, are supported by America Online's
 instant messaging network -- the world's largest -- which delivers over 1.5
 billion instant messages each day.
 
     About Reuters
     Reuters (www.about.reuters.com), the global information company, provides
 indispensable information tailored for professionals in the financial
 services, media and corporate markets. Our information is trusted and drives
 decision making across the globe based on our reputation for speed, accuracy
 and independence. We have 16,000 staff in 94 countries, including some 2,400
 editorial staff in 197 bureaus serving approximately 130 countries, making
 Reuters the world's largest international multimedia news agency.  In 2002,
 the Reuters Group had revenues of 3.6 billion pounds sterling.
     Launched in October 2002, Reuters Messaging allows financial professionals
 to communicate instantly with colleagues and customers and addresses the
 specific business, security and regulatory requirements of financial
 institutions. The service is available within key Reuters products or stand-
 alone. Reuters Messaging now has registered users in more than 2,500 companies
 and 120 countries.
     Reuters and the sphere logo are the trade-marks of the Reuters group of
 companies.
 
 

SOURCE Reuters; America Online, Inc.

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