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.
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